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From "Sebb (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-124) Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:05:59 GMT

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Sebb commented on LEGAL-124:
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@Ate
That para only applies to files with no creativity. For example, a CSS file containing the
single line:

@import url("maven.css");

would presumably be exempt.

I think the quoted examples are more involved than that, and do involve creativity.

==

@Ant: The paragraph here: http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#faq-whyheader explains
why (almost) all files should have AL headers.
                
> 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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