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From "Lawrence Rosen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-114) License Header - Short Form?
Date Tue, 09 Jul 2013 01:06:47 GMT

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Lawrence Rosen commented on LEGAL-114:


Once again, I'll repeat some of what I've said in various other JIRA issues, never to resolution:

First, an "Apache License 2.0" notice by itself says nothing about provenance. For all the
good it does sitting there alone, you might as well leave it out. Many of my clients, and
many Apache sponsor companies, use the Apache License 2.0 for works that have no relationship
whatsoever to ASF. To whom does the recipient revert? It is like refusing to sign your name
to a check made out to a vendor or customer; they cash it at their own great risk! 

Second, an ASF copyright notice doesn't just serve to identify ASF's copyright ownership.
For collective works such as ours, it indicates that other people [may] own the copyrights.
A copyright notice has evidentiary value under law. Indeed, our copyright notice can serve
to indicate (and, in conjunction with our NOTICE file and our SVN archives, help prove!) that
one or more of our contributors owns the copyrights. 

That is why it takes exactly *two sentences* for our short form license header. Make it one

    Copyright 2013 Apache Software Foundation. Licensed under Apache License 2.0.

Please, folks, stop complaining about this simple JIRA request. It indicates peevishness rather
than allowing  simple legal common sense to prevail. 


> 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
> 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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