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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:44:22 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-114:
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For history buffs: I did indeed work with Cliff Schmidt, Robyn Wagner, Jennifer Machovec and
Jim Barnett on this issue in March 2005. I was one of those volunteer attorneys that Sam referred
to who was helping Apache with legal issues, but I wasn't an ASF member then and had none
of us had direct input to the Apache board before they voted on the current policy. Since
people are citing history, I'll quote my own email on March 5, 2005:

     In all such cases, the copyright notice for ASF's copyrightable works
     published this year would be:
     Copyright 2005 Apache Software Foundation.

There are lots of emails being cited, I'll quote directly from the March, April and May 2006
board meetings at which the current copyright policy was approved. No lawyers were present
then either.

Board meeting on March 15, 2006:
LICENSING HEADER, ETC: Now that the third-party policy 
            doc is out there, my next major project is to draft
            and get our counsel to approve a document that 
            updates our source code licensing header,  
            describes where to place copyright notices, various 
            third-party licenses, explains how to deal with 
            crypto export issues, and more.  Although I think it
            will be useful to our committers to have this all in 
            one document, I won't hold up getting a resolution on
            the license header/copyright notice issue to wait for
            the rest of the document.

Board meeting on April 26, 2006:
Cliff reported that the 3rd Party License report will
       likely be officially released later on this month (April),
       at which point he will start on the Copyright/Header
       issues. Regarding the 3rd Party License report, it is
       fully expected that, even though discussed and reviewed,
       there will be further discussions upon release. The board's
       stand is that we should release it "as is" and retify
       things if required. All new projects will need to adhere
       to the policy; existing projects will be given time to
       bring their codebases up to policy standards.

Board meeting on May 24, 2006:
LICENSING HEADER: I have submitted a resolution for the
            Board's consideration to set a new policy for source
            code headers.  In brief, the headers will no longer 
            include any copyright notice, only a licensing notice
            and a mention of the NOTICE file for copyright info.
            The NOTICE file will include the ASF's copyright notice,
            in addition to other required notices.  Copyright 
            notices in third-party components distributed within ASF
            products will not be touched.

And that is how legally important decisions are made here at Apache.

/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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