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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: Using content from StackOverflow
Date Mon, 12 May 2014 04:56:34 GMT
What is the definition of "content"?  For example, I'm not a Java expert
but have been doing Java code recently.  If I don't know how to do
something like sort an ArrayList I google it and end up at blogs and
forums where I'll find the one or two lines I'm looking for.  Do I have to
be careful about the publication license for this sort of content?  It
might help to have that defined in this policy.


On 5/11/14 3:29 PM, "Mohammad Noureldin" <nour.mohammad@gmail.com> wrote:

>   Here is my draft:
>"Qn: Can an Apache project use content from non ASF sources (forums,
>mailing lists, etc...)?"
>"Ans: It totally depends on the source from which the content will be
>taken. If the content is taken from sources (forums, mailing lists,
>blogs, online books, general websites, etc...) is under a license that
>is not compliant with the Apache License, in that case you need to get
>clearance about that from the owners of that content, that is make
>sure that they are willing to give you the content under the Apache
>License or one of the "Category A: Authorized Licenses" (the quoted
>text should appear as a link to:
>It is highly important to get this clearance recorded as an evidence
>pereferrably via e-mail.
>Example:  Can I take content from StackOverflow ? By default the
>answer is No, as the content published on StackOverflow (and
>associated sites) is under the "CC-SA license" with attribution
>required (the quoted text should appear as a link to the license:
>http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), including any code.
>This is a strong copyleft license and as such unlikely to be in
>"Category A: Authorized Licenses". In this case you need the clearance
>as explained above.
>Wdyt ?
>Notes: The links notes are intended to show as links on ASF website
>On Sun, May 11, 2014 at 10:36 AM, Mohammad Noureldin
><nour.mohammad@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Henri
>>    Will draft one today and send it as a reply here
>> On May 11, 2014 4:21 AM, "Henri Yandell" <henri@yandell.org> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Mohammad Noureldin
>>> <nour.mohammad@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi
>>>>    From what I read in this discussion I believe what Henri suggested
>>>> a good idea
>>>> I don't think it has anything to do with using SO for users support
>>>>or in
>>>> place of users mailing list or not at the end you can look at it from
>>>> abstract PoV:
>>>> There is some content that has been posted on SO regarding one of the
>>>> Apache projects, this content might have been posted by one of that
>>>> commiters or others who might be active on SO when it comes to
>>>> questions/solving issues related to that project
>>>> What happens if the one of the commiters want to use that content
>>>>back in
>>>> the project ?
>>>> The answer is provided in Henri's suggestion and it is like any other
>>>> content that the commiters may like to copy paste in their project,
>>>> need to make sure of the licensing, or ask if they don't know, and
>>>>then the
>>>> answer that Henri provided will give some help
>>>> I would actually take this question to its general case and pointing
>>>> SO as an example
>>> Do you have proposed text for a general case?
>>> Hen
>- Mohammad Noureldin
>"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving"
>- Albert Einstein
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