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From Chris Demwell <cdemw...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Apache POI project using unlicensed test data
Date Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:43:57 GMT
I haven't, and I will do so.

I was mistaken about how they got my file - they got it through a bug* that
Raiko Eckstein filed, uploading "chris.ppt" (my file) to them. This was
probably considered to be representation that the bug contributor owned and
could give them my file.

Thanks for your time.

* https://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=41357


On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 10:15 AM, Shane Curcuru <asf@shanecurcuru.org>wrote:

> Have you contacted the Apache POI project about this issue?  If you
> believe that your IP is being used improperly by an Apache project,
> typically the most effective way to remedy this is to contact that specific
> Apache project and ask for a remedy.  Be sure to be specific as to what the
> IP is (as you are), and to be clear in your request (i.e. do you insist
> that they remove this IP, or acknowledge it's license, or what?)
>
> Most projects have a publicly archived dev@ mailing list which is the
> most efficient way to contact the project community, which is what I'd
> recommend; in this case, looking here http://poi.apache.org/
> mailinglists.html  you can see you'd want to email:
>
>   dev@poi.apache.org
>
> If you do not get an appropriate answer from the Apache POI project, then
> I'd recommend coming back here and noting that.
>
> The Apache Software Foundation and all Apache projects only accept willing
> donations of IP.  As a non-profit public charity, we have no wish to
> mis-use anyone else's IP, and we most certainly will investigate and take
> action for any verifiable claims that the ASF or any of it's projects have
> misused third party IP.
>
> Hope that helps,
>
> - Shane
>
>
> On 12/12/13 11:41 AM, Chris Demwell wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> The Apache POI project (http://poi.apache.org/ ) is a Java API for
>> Microsoft Documents. It uses a number of files for testing that I deduce
>> were acquired by scraping the internet for files without due concern for
>> licensing. I can tell, because one of my presentations is being
>> republished in their SVN without permission* and by virtue of this
>> claims copyright over it. No note is made in the NOTICE file about its
>> provenance. I suspect this is true of many if not most of the test
>> files, which is why I'm making a fuss about it. With a lack of
>> information on the ASF site about "what to do if your IP has been
>> included without your permission", I have turned to emailing this list
>> for guidance.
>>
>> The kicker of it is that this file was produced with OpenOffice.org, not
>> a Microsoft product, so it's not even a very good test file!
>>
>> What should I do about this? Why is this project including files
>> wholesale into its SVN? What to do about *that*?
>>
>> *
>> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/poi/trunk/test-data/
>> slideshow/PictureLengthZero.ppt
>>
>
>

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