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From Richard Fontana <rfont...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: ICLA US Government
Date Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:25:32 GMT
Incidentally I have assumed there's no reason why one cannot grant a zero-interest license
(perhaps that is related to what you are saying).
 - RF

----- Original Message -----
> You can grant a license! You just can't obtain a copyright!
> 
> There is a difference. Suggest to your attorney that many government
> employees sign the ICLA and that many government software products are
> distributed under open source licenses.
> 
> /Larry
> 
> Lawrence Rosen
> Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm (www.rosenlaw.com)
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> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Evan Ward [mailto:evan.ward@nrl.navy.mil]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:11 PM
> To: legal-discuss@apache.org
> Cc: private@commons.apache.org
> Subject: ICLA US Government
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I was recently invited to be a committer for apache commons. Since I have
> made all my contributions as a government employee (and plan to continue to
> do so) I ran the ICLA by our legal department.
> 
> As far as I can tell, the fundamental issue is that my work, by itself, can
> not be licensed, because there is no copyright. This means that I can't
> agree to statements like "You represent that you are legally entitled to
> grant the above license."
> 
> After reading LEGAL-100 it seems that the ICLA's definition of "you" (as the
> copyright owner) excludes me or my employer since no one can own a copyright
> that does not exist.
> 
> Are these interpretations correct? Since everything I do is by law in the
> public domain, why I need an ICLA?
> 
> Best Regards,
> 
> Evan Ward
> Naval Research Laboratory
> (e) evan.ward@nrl.navy.mil
> 
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