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From Gilles Scokart <gscok...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Section 4.2, and patch build workflows
Date Mon, 04 Jul 2011 07:32:26 GMT
I was thinking the NOTICE file should be kept small, like something
that could be showed in a "About" popup.

Also, putting all the external contributions into a the NOTICE file is
something much stronger than putting it in the source file.  Indeed
AL2 imposes to keep the NOTICE file in any redistribution (not the
source file).

[1] is an interresting thread that illustrates the usage of the NOTICE file.

[1] http://markmail.org/thread/xdywc5lhrmlwxexi

Gilles Scokart

On 4 July 2011 01:04, Nick Burch <nick@apache.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 24 Apr 2011, Henri Yandell wrote:
>> On Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM, Benson Margulies <bimargulies@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 8:25 PM, Henri Yandell <bayard@apache.org> wrote:
>>>> * "You must cause any modified files to carry prominent notices stating
>>>>  that You changed the files"
>>>> Interesting question. Normally I would include the patch file and
>>>> modify the NOTICE to indicate a change was made. I think AL 2.0 has
>>>> already crossed the bridge of whether a file is independent of its
>>>> NOTICE (ie it isn't). The modified file has a prominent notice that
>>>> links to the license and that then points to the NOTICE file which
>>>> explains the change.
>>> If you're a lawyer (cause I'm not) I'm about to make a nonsense, but
>>> still,
>>> The plain English sense of 'cause any ... files to carry prominent
>>> notices'  -- to me -- requires a marking in the file. If it wanted
>>> your interpretation, I'd think that it had to say, 'cause ... to carry
>>> prominent notices or to be accompanied by a NOTICE file ... containing
>>> ...'
>> Every file points to the NOTICE file (via its LICENSE) in a prominent
>> way. The weakness in my suggestion is (imo) not in the prominent part,
>> but in the LICENSE itself which only indicates NOTICE files being for
>> attribution/copyright indication. I think that we can consider
>> identifying the modifications to be an area of attribution.
>> The technical issue with my suggestion is that someone copying a file
>> may lose the indication that a change has occurred. They'll also lose
>> any necessary copyright indication/attribution in the NOTICE file as
>> well, which I think is more important. By putting this in the NOTICE
>> file we put both of the items they're meant to identify when re-using,
>> while maintaining a sane technical solution.
> Anyone else have any thoughts on this? Personally it seems like a fairly
> simple, workable idea to me
> Nick
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