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From "Benson Margulies (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-155) Please help us educate projects about LICENSE and NOTICE
Date Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:34:12 GMT
Benson Margulies created LEGAL-155:

             Summary: Please help us educate projects about LICENSE and NOTICE
                 Key: LEGAL-155
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-155
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Task
            Reporter: Benson Margulies

Dear Legal,

The incubator continues to struggle to educate projects in the proper construction and maintenance
of LICENSE and NOTICE files. INCUBATOR-125 is an attempt to write some documentation. This
document suffers from its authors' inability to even find a single point of reference on the
ASF website for theory of these files. 

Since podlings are unusual only in their need to set up initial versions, it seems to me that
most of this documentation should be produced and maintained at the foundation level, and
the incubator should be pointing to it, instead of maintain detailed alternatives with risk
of divergence.

If there is existing documentation, please comment and point me to it. If there is not, can
we collaborate to write it?

In this area, I have a particular curiosity and concern about convenience binaries.

A typical Apache project has very limited needs for complexity in these files for it's *releases*.
Only sources with external provenance (e.g., results of an SGA) or bundled dependencies trigger
it. Far more dependencies get bundled in convenience binaries. But convenience binaries are,
merely, conveniences, not legally, releases from the foundation. I've never seen any discussion
of this; does the foundation's liability umbrella even extend over them? I doubt it, for all
the usual reasons given in emphasizing that the real release is the source release. So I wonder
about what policies or guidelines should exist for their legal boilerplate.

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