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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-168) Apache Third-Party IP Policies
Date Thu, 13 Jun 2013 01:01:01 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-168:

I copy the following response that I made to a comment about "Apache as a publisher of software"
on the European Legal Network list.


The Apache Software Foundation publishes and you receive:

1. A collected and compiled work (software) owned and copyrighted by The Apache Software Foundation
and published under the Apache License 2.0. Apache process documentation refers to this work
generically as "Apache Foo".

2. Individual components (files, modules, documentation, patents, etc.) owned and copyrighted
by contributors to Apache under (a) the Apache License; (b) the CCLA or ICLA; (c) a Software
Grant; or (d) one of the authorized licenses in Category A or Category B listed on the Apache
Third Party License list on our website.

Those are each independent works under U.S. copyright law. See 17 USC 103. Your rights to
each of those works depend only on the license for *that* work. Sublicensing has nothing really
to do with this, although I admit that some of those licenses I described above (but not all)
include sublicensing provisions if you want to take advantage of it.


> Apache Third-Party IP Policies
> ------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-168
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-168
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Lawrence Rosen
> I'd like to help the Apache community to discuss Apache Software Foundation policies
regarding contributions of copyrighted works from third parties in order for us to publish
them at the Apache website. 
> This discussion is now scattered among many JIRA issues and email archives. For example,
a recent thread here reconstructed my own correspondence about this to the legal-discuss@
list in 2005 -- and then misinterpreted what I'd said then. So I want this new JIRA issue
where I am free to say what I want when I want to say it, without obstruction from issue-jumpers
and list-jumpers around here who try to discourage coherent arguments.
> I'll probably be wrong in some of what I say. I will sign my own comments here and I
will read (and perhaps respond to) any comments from anyone who signs his or her name here
also. I will particularly welcome comments from the attorneys on this list, at least those
who aren't too cowardly or too busy to speak up. If you don't enjoy legal controversy, don't
read this JIRA thread.
> Best regards,
> /Larry
> P.S. More to come....

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