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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Tue, 11 Jun 2013 03:35:21 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-114:
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Marvin, I've clogged these lists too often today, so I'll just say this to you.

Under copyright law there are several potential kinds of damages one can obtain for infringement.
The only forms of damage that make practical litigation sense in the FOSS world are *statutory
damages* and *attorney's fees*. To obtain those kinds of damages, a copyright notice is required.
(There are other requirements for these types of damages also, all described in 17 USC 401
et seq.) OTOH, if you want to waste your time proving *actual infringement damages* for free
software, don't bother with a notice, but also don't bother trying to find an attorney to
argue your case.

Maybe only one of us should play lawyer and the other one play engineer. I used to be the
latter, but then I went to law school and got a degree in this shit. Then, to make matters
worse, since the mid-1990's I've been offering pro bono advice to non-profit foundations whose
members insult me regularly and assume I'm an amateur.

Someone, but I'm not sure who, owes me a public apology here.

/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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