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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Sat, 08 Jun 2013 18:35:20 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-114:
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Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> For what it's worth, if we could decouple the issue of the short-form header
> from the issue of copyright notification -- i.e. if we could agree that since
> we don't need one in the long-form header we don't need one in the short-form
> header either -- this issue could be resolved.

I'm sorry for the pain, Marvin, but would you please read 17 USC 404(a). This particular U.S.
law is intended to protect the preexisting copyrights of our contributors; this law is not
intended to save you from pain. 

I'd like to understand how ASF intends to provide the notice(s) described in the U.S. Copyright
Act starting at section 401? 

/Larry
                
> 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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