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From "Scott Wilson (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-124) Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 14:39:59 GMT

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Scott Wilson commented on LEGAL-124:
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Just to add to this a concrete example: Wookie has a HTML templating system with a number
of very simple HTML template source files for headers, footers etc that are concatenated into
the final HTML page. If these include the full ASL header the end result is a lot of duplication.

Examples:

http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/wookie/trunk/widgets/templates/browse/content_primary.html
http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/wookie/trunk/widgets/templates/browse/item_template.html
http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/wookie/trunk/widgets/templates/browse/item_summary_template.html
                
> Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-124
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-124
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: ant elder
>
> The Release FAQ says "Every source file must contain the appropriate ASF License text."
http://www.apache.org/dev/release.html#which-files-contain-license
> The question often comes up if that really means MUST and if it means every single file
in SVN or with a source distribution when a release is being made. 
> I can't find any links now but thought i remember being told some years ago on legal-discuss
was that the top level LICENSE file covers everything anyway so the individual license headers
aren't strictly necessary especially for source files without significant IP. Could we get
a opinion here on if thats true? So for example things like short README files perhaps don't
need a license header or files without significant IP where the header can be problematic
for some reason.
> Any opinions here either way?

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