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From "Noah Slater (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:44:20 GMT

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Noah Slater commented on LEGAL-114:
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Larry, this isn't just about coders being lazy. Please see my previous comments, and the thread
I link to.

My argument is that he full boilerplate is sometimes a little unwieldy in small, supporting
files. Especially files that are meant as documentation, or config files, that the user interacts
with.

My suggestion wasn't to shorten our boiler plate, but actually to use a much more permissive
license for these small , supporting files. What license a configuration snippet is under
is of much less importance than the actual source code, for instance.

But that's just one suggestion. I'm sure there are other solutions to the problem.

Either way, the legal aspects of software distribution are of course an important consideration.
But they are not the only consideration.
                
> 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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