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From Daniel Shahaf <...@daniel.shahaf.name>
Subject Re: IP Clearance
Date Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:48:30 GMT
Ceki Gülcü wrote on Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 00:24:29 +0200:
> 
> On 28/07/2011 11:42 PM, Benson Margulies wrote:
> >I think that situation might be precisely why a grant is required.
> >I've seen tons of code outside Apache where someone intended to use
> >the appendix at the bottom of
> >http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0, but used the ASF notice
> >instead. The author can claim that this was a mistake unless we have a
> >grant from them.
> 
> Once you go down this road, that is if you take into account
> arbitrary errors in a protocol, then all contracts and agreements
> can be repudiated. For example, if we admit that the commit of
> 2010-04-02 was a mistake, then one could argue that the (future)
> grant by Sonatype was signed by mistake as well.
> 

It could be easier to repudiate a source code header (using, eg, Benson's
argument) than to repudiate a specific signed fax sent to the ASF upon its
specific request.

> >In any case, by the time you get to version 1.0, you have the
> >'copyright sonatype' version. So, if you are right, it's only an old
> >and pre-useful version which is 'contributed', and all useful version,
> >are otherwise.
> 
> Usefulness is indeed for Maven developers to judge.
> 
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