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From "Henri Yandell (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-124) Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
Date Tue, 14 Feb 2012 07:49:17 GMT

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Henri Yandell commented on LEGAL-124:
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My first thought on a README is to have nothing. It's not valuable to us. Its purpose is to
be a simple and easy to read overview.

My second is that if it does need a notice, it should have the minimal one at the bottom of
the README (and not the top). In the same way that we don't put website copyright notices
at the top of the page.   HTML documentation on the other hand can have comments that are
visible in source form but not 'binary' (ie: when rendered in a browser). 

That would be covered by your approach, though I'm not sure if we'd have the same focus on
only the docs that cover how to modify. 

Perhaps:

* Text file - minimal notice at end of file.
* Word & similar files - minimal notice in footnote.
* HTML - License comment at top of file.
                
> 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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