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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: LICENSE and NOTICE Role Models
Date Mon, 23 Dec 2013 03:08:21 GMT
On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 2:24 AM, Stephen Connolly
<stephen.alan.connolly@gmail.com> wrote:

> It would be great if we could get a resolution on some of the JIRA's in
> legal, e.g.
>
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-26
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-27
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-31
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-136

+1

The continuing lack of clear resolution also impacts the Incubator.  Podlings
challenge us with "You say do X, but Apache Foo does Y -- where is it
documented that we have to do X?"  Then we go down the path of hunting up
Board member quotes and past threads on legal-discuss.

It would make things easier on all Apache TLPs and Incubator podlings if we
could get the following elements in sync:

*   Apache Legal policy documentation.
*   http://www.apache.org/dev/licensing-howto.html
*   Maven's processes.
*   The actual LICENSE/NOTICE practices for the ASF's top ten or so most
    popular products.

> The most critical one to the Maven PMC is LEGAL-26:

Perhaps, though the way that Maven would implement LEGAL-26 (LICENSE/NOTICE in
svn) is impacted by LEGAL-27 (LICENSE/NOTICE must reference *only* bundled
dependencies).

I'm not on the Legal Affairs committee, but I did write most of the Licensing
How-To.  Come January, I'd like to do what I can to move the process forward.
A lot of valuable developer time has been wasted over the years rehashing
these issues over and over again, and it's not like most developers relish
this stuff.  Clear policy documentation would be a valuable contribution to
all of the Foundation's projects.

Marvin Humphrey

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