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From "ant elder (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-178) Location of LICENSE/NOTICE files in binary release artifacts
Date Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:15:51 GMT

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ant elder commented on LEGAL-178:
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Further to the last comment about what the Apache License says, on closer reading I wonder
if there is actually any requirement at all to include a LICENSE and NOTICE file in the conveniance
binary artifacts?

Section 4d is quite a long paragraph with a lot of "if"'s so its a little hard to work out
what its saying, here it is:

"If the Work includes a "NOTICE" text file as part of its distribution, then any Derivative
Works that You distribute must include a readable copy of the attribution notices contained
within such NOTICE file, excluding those notices that do not pertain to any part of the Derivative
Works, in at least one of the following places: within a NOTICE text file distributed as part
of the Derivative Works; within the Source form or documentation, if provided along with the
Derivative Works; or, within a display generated by the Derivative Works, if and wherever
such third-party notices normally appear. "

So in our case of distributing an ASF source release with an associated conveniance binary
that translates to:

"If the source release includes a "NOTICE" text file as part of its distribution (which it
always will), then any Derivative Works (the conveniance binary artifact) that You distribute
must include a readable copy of the attribution notices contained within such NOTICE file,
excluding those notices that do not pertain to any part of the Derivative Works, in at least
one of the following places: ... within the Source form (again, which it always will)..."

So there always will be the NOTICE in the source release so isn't the AL saying this is enough
and we don't need one in the conveniance binary derivative work?






                
> 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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