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From "Robert Burrell Donkin (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-62) What are the required 3rd party notices that should go in the NOTICE file?
Date Fri, 06 Jan 2012 21:18:39 GMT

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Robert Burrell Donkin commented on LEGAL-62:
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@lawrence

"FWIW, I have never understood the distinction between the NOTICE file and the LICENSE file.
I guess I assumed that someone else here did and that ASF had already explained it precisely
somewhere. Based on this multi-year-long thread on JIRA, I now assume I'm not the only one
confused."

Here's my understanding:

For the convenience of downstream consumers, Apache asks that all resources shipped in a release
have their licenses described and a copy of each license shipped. The conventional way to
achieve this is by including an index in the LICENSE. 

Unlike the LICENSE, the NOTICE *must* be retained by downstream consumers. This NOTICE contains
the standard Apache attribution, and any notices that Apache is required to ship with the
release - for example: relocated copyright notices, source download locations (for some weak
copyleft licenses) and text that must be preserved (for some permissive licenses).
                
> What are the required 3rd party notices that should go in the NOTICE file?
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-62
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-62
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: ant elder
>            Assignee: Robert Burrell Donkin
>
> The ASF doc on the NOTICE file states:
> 2. The remainder of the NOTICE file is to be used for required third-party notices. The
NOTICE file may also include copyright notices moved from source files submitted to the ASF.
> See: http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice
> I understand the part about "copyright notices moved from source files" but what are
required third-party notices?
> After participating in many Incubator poddling release reviews I've seen poddlings asked
to do release respins because they've left stuff out and also to respin for including text
that is said shouldn't be included. There doesn't seem to be much common understanding on
what these notices are, and like LEGAL-31 this is a constant point of contention at the Incubator
so it would be really helpful to have some clarification.

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