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From "Dennis E. Hamilton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-168) Apache Third-Party IP Policies
Date Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:43:20 GMT

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Dennis E. Hamilton commented on LEGAL-168:

Since I took myself down memory lane here, <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-168?focusedCommentId=13682456&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-13682456>,
something else just came up.  I just saw a "famous women in computing" poster that lauds Grace
Hopper for "writing the first compiler."  That is an oversimplification, of course, and might
not be completely accurate.  In any case, Hopper's contributions are more extensive than that.
 I am also not clear in which sense Hopper's first compiler was a compiler in the context
of this thread.  I think it did stitch things together, code generators do that too, but her
famous work involved doing that behind a programming language, of which she developed several.
 The most famous, now, was for the language Flow-Matic, which was one of the precursors of
COBOL, something she also championed.  I did some debugging of a 1961-created compiler for
a FORTRAN-like subset built to Hopper's own design (and signed flowcharts) and it was a compiler
in the modern software-development sense, although rather quirky in other respects.
> 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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