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From "barry freedman (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-158) patent grant scope: FAQ 3 is confusing or just plain wrong.
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:43:12 GMT
barry freedman created LEGAL-158:

             Summary: patent grant scope:  FAQ 3 is confusing or just plain wrong.
                 Key: LEGAL-158
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-158
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Question
            Reporter: barry freedman

In the license and distribution FAQ (www.apache.org/foundation/license-faq.html) , question
and answer 3 currently states:

    If I own or control a licensable patent and contribute code to a specific Apache product,
which of my patent claims are subject to Apache's Grant of Patent License?
    The only patent claims that are licensed to the ASF are those you own or have the right
to license that read on your contribution or on the combination of your contribution with
the specific Apache product to which you contributed as it existed at the time of your contribution.
No additional patent claims become licensed as a result of subsequent combinations of your
contribution with any other software. Note, however, that licensable patent claims include
those that you acquire in the future, as long as they read on your original contribution as
made at the original time. Once a patent claim is subject to Apache's Grant of Patent License,
it is licensed under the terms of that Grant to the ASF and to recipients of any software
distributed by the ASF for any Apache software product whatsoever.

The FIRST sentence correctly states that the license applies "to the specific Apache product
to which you contributed".

The LAST sentence appears to say something different:  it refers to "any Apache software product

Please clarify or remove this inconsistency.  Thx.   

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