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From "ant elder (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-178) Location of LICENSE/NOTICE files in binary release artifacts
Date Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:41:51 GMT
ant elder created LEGAL-178:

             Summary: Location of LICENSE/NOTICE files in binary release artifacts
                 Key: LEGAL-178
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-178
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Question
            Reporter: ant elder

Over at the Incubator a question has come up over where the LICENSE and NOTICE files should
be located in binary release artifacts. I can't find any precise or accurate documentation
on this so could that be defined here?

The web page http://apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice says:
 "Every Apache distribution should include a NOTICE file in the top directory, along with
the standard LICENSE file."

However things like Java .jar artifacts don't do that and instead have them located in the
/META-INF directory. Related to that, what about things like Windows .msi or .exe insaller
packages which don't have a "top directory"? 

I vaguely remember this question coming up before but i can't find anything in the archives
now, FWIR the answer then was it was ok for the LICENSE/NOTICE to be located where ever was
most appropriate and expected for the environment and binary artifact type.

Any comments?

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