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From "Sam Ruby (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-137) Ownership of WSDLs and XSDs created by interrogating proprietary web services
Date Mon, 04 Jun 2012 21:31:23 GMT

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Sam Ruby commented on LEGAL-137:
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Based on Judge Alsup's ruling, I'm prepared to forward this for review to ASF Legal Counsel.
 Before that is done, help in gathering three things would be helpful.

1) What efforts have been made to contact the owners of this API?  Do you believe that these
efforts have been exhausted?  If so, why do you believe that?

2) What ASF project is this for?  Is there any evidence that likely downstream consumers of
that project would be concerned by this dependency?

3) How would this be documented (LICENSE, README)?

Note: I am not intending for any of these questions to be a particularly high bar.  If there
is evidence that you made a reasonable effort to contact the owner, you discussed it within
the project and nobody objected, and plan to document it in a way that would unlikely to be
overlooked, in my opinion that would be sufficient to forward this matter to Legal Counsel.
                
> Ownership of WSDLs and XSDs created by interrogating proprietary web services
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-137
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-137
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Karl Wright
>
> In the .NET framework, any service can be interrogated to find its Web Services API (represented
by a set of WSDL and XSD files), using a .NET tool called "disco.exe".  My question pertains
to the ownership (or lack thereof) of such WSDLs and XSDs.  Can these be redistributed in
original or modified form in an Apache project?

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