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From "Greg Stein (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:49:20 GMT

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Greg Stein commented on LEGAL-114:
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The (C) line probably should NOT be in there. The actual copyright holder is whomever wrote
that file. In our NOTICE file, we place a (C) ASF line, meaning that we hold copyright on
the overall product/distribution. The individual files' copyrights are held by various committers.

A given file is, by nature, copyrighted. Nobody has any permissions unless explicitly granted.
Henri's suggestion of a simple line stating that the file is GRANTED under the ALv2 is a great
start. I might also recommend something like "See LICENSE and NOTICE for more information."
Then maybe "NO WARRANTIES ARE PROVIDED."
                
> License Header - Short Form?
> ----------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-114
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-114
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Roger Meier
>
> Hi all
> Today the license headers within files does need ~ 15 lines within a file.
> This needs lot of space at the top of a file, probably too much if you have a small README
file. 
> e.g. http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/thrift/trunk/tutorial/README?view=markup
> Is it possible to use a smaller header reflecting the license terms within a source or
README file?
> Can we use something like that one or a shorter one?
> {noformat}
> /*
>  * Copyright (c) The Apache Software Foundation
>  * Licensed to the ASF under one or more contributor license agreements
>  * (see NOTICE file distributed with this work). ASF licenses this file to you
>  * under the following license http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
>  * Software distributed is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES
>  * OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
>  */
> {noformat}
> Should we mention also the License identifier (Apache-2.0) used within spdx standard?
> see http://spdx.org/licenses/
> Thanks,
> Roger

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