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From Oliver-Rainer Wittmann <orwittm...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: use of LICENSE and NOTICE
Date Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:29:04 GMT
Hi,

On 28.03.2012 18:30, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:51 AM, Oliver-Rainer Wittmann
> <orwittmann@googlemail.com>  wrote:
>
>> On 27.03.2012 23:53, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
>
>>> Two cases not covered explicitly earlier in this legal-discuss thread
>>> were:
>>>
>>>    * Nested dependencies.
>>
>> Is it right that you think here of the LICENSE and the NOTICE file of 3rd
>> party components which are Apache projects, like Apache APR?
>
> Yes, APR would be a good example, and the NOTICE files of ASF Apache-licensed
> products are the primary focus of this bullet point -- though of course any
> open source distribution might have nested dependencies.  It is common for
> Apache products to bundle each other (especially the convenience binaries for
> Java projects which bundle jars), so this comes up a lot.
>
> Consider an "Apache Foo" product which bundles APR.  Here's the content of
> the NOTICE file from APR 1.4.6:
>
>      Apache Portable Runtime
>      Copyright (c) 2011 The Apache Software Foundation.
>
>      This product includes software developed by
>      The Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org/).
>
>      Portions of this software were developed at the National Center
>      for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of
>      Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
>
>      This software contains code derived from the RSA Data Security
>      Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm.
>
>      This software contains code derived from UNIX V7, Copyright(C)
>      Caldera International Inc.
>
> If all of APR is bundled in Apache Foo's source release, that content must be
> duplicated in the NOTICE file at the top level of the Apache Foo archive.
> (APR's NOTICE file must also remain intact within the subdirectory where Foo
> bundles APR.)
>
>>>    * NOTICE files from Apache-licensed dependencies, particularly those
>>>      from outside the ASF.
>>
>> Is it right that you think here of the NOTICE file of 3rd party components
>> which are licensed under the Apache license, but are not Apache projects,
>> like serf?
>
> Yes.  Say that Apache Foo bundles Serf in addition to APR.  Serf's NOTICE file
> contains only this text...
>
>      This product includes software developed by
>      The Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org/).
>
> ... which should already be present in Apache Foo's NOTICE file, so no further
> duplication is required.  However, if Serf's NOTICE file had contained
> anything else, it would have been necessary to dupe it in Apache Foo's NOTICE.
>

Thanks for the detailed advice.
I will follow them.

Best regards, Oliver.

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