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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Source headers and Apache SGA: Is that sufficient permission?
Date Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:27:45 GMT
On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM, Robert Burrell Donkin
<rdonkin@apache.org> wrote:
> On 10/12/11 22:57, Rob Weir wrote:
>> We're taking the contributed OpenOffice code through the IP review.
>> One thing we need to do is update the headers in the
>> Oracle-contributed source files to reflect the Apache 2.0 license.
>> There is some information on this process on the "ASF Source header
>> and Copyright Notice" page [1], but I'm having difficulty determining
>> whether we can go forward with this yet.
>> The section on "Source File Headers for Code Developed at the ASF" states:
>> "1. If the source file is submitted with a copyright notice included
>> in it, the copyright owner (or owner's agent) must either:
>>     1. remove such notices, or
>>     2. move them to the NOTICE file associated with each applicable
>> project release, or
>>     3. provide written permission for the ASF to make such removal or
>> relocation of the notices."
>> But the SGA [2] clearly gives us permission to created derivative
>> works.  Does that not include permissions to change headers (of course
>> within bounds of the license permitted by the SGA)?
>> So my question boils down to this:   Does the SGA give us sufficient
>> permission (per 3 above) to replace Oracle's headers with the ALv2?
>> Or do should we be seeking, in writing, an additional document from
>> Oracle.  If the later, do we have a form for this?
> This section concerns copyright notices[1], not license headers[2].
> It's a little involved so I'll explain over on the OOo lists...

OK.  Thanks.   Here's a concrete example, of what we're seeing.  It
has a copyright, a disclaimer, a link to the license and a big bold
statement that says "don't touch".   What should we do?

 * Copyright 2000, 2010 Oracle and/or its affiliates.
 * OpenOffice.org - a multi-platform office productivity suite
 * This file is part of OpenOffice.org.
 * OpenOffice.org is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
 * it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License version 3
 * only, as published by the Free Software Foundation.
 * OpenOffice.org is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 * GNU Lesser General Public License version 3 for more details
 * (a copy is included in the LICENSE file that accompanied this code).
 * You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License
 * version 3 along with OpenOffice.org.  If not, see
 * <http://www.openoffice.org/license.html>
 * for a copy of the LGPLv3 License.

> Robert
> [1] For example "Copyright (c) Robert Burrell Donkin 2011"
> [2] For example
>       "Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one
>       or more contributor license agreements.  See the NOTICE file
>       distributed with this work for additional information
>       regarding copyright ownership.  The ASF licenses this file
>       to you under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the
>       "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance
>       with the License.  You may obtain a copy of the License at
>         http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
>       Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing,
>       software distributed under the License is distributed on an
>       KIND, either express or implied.  See the License for the
>       specific language governing permissions and limitations
>       under the License."
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