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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Tue, 04 Jun 2013 21:43:20 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-114:

Roger Meier wrote:
> my favorit is this:
> # © The Apache Software Foundation
> # http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
> Just the copyright and the license, ok from a legal perspective?
> A nice benefit from a developers perspective... *focus on code*

We put notices in our software not just for developers but for customers and users who want
to know the provenance and licenses for that code. When you remove existing notices from contributions
to Apache and insert only the bare minimum -- just because you want to save yourself from
hitting the PAGE-DOWN key when it appears on your screen -- you are losing information that
is important for others.

I honestly don't care how many words you have to type and skip through as long as those notices
benefit our customers. Set up a macro for it if you are lazy or bored, but please don't just
"focus on code"!

Remember that one important aspect of this Apache fellowship of ours is a shared concern with
abiding by the law regarding ownership and uses of copyrighted materials by many, many people.
These legal notices aren't noise.

> 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
> 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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