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From Jukka Zitting <jukka.zitt...@gmail.com>
Subject LICENSE vs. NOTICE (Was: Proposal: Apache Third Party License Policy)
Date Sun, 17 May 2015 19:04:54 GMT

A confusion about the purpose NOTICE files keeps coming up in the
other thread, so I wanted to clarify this.

2015-05-17 12:27 GMT-04:00 Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>:
> "[...] If you modify or create a derivative work of this FOO
> software and distribute it, read the NOTICE file for other intellectual
> property information and for copies of third party open source licenses. [...]"

Our license states "The contents of the NOTICE file are for
informational purposes only and do not modify the License." (ALv2,
4d), so pointing people to the NOTICE file for licensing information
is incorrect. See http://www.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html#notice
for more details on what goes into the NOTICE file.

Instead people should refer to the LICENSE file as the primary source
of licensing information. Among the other licensing details that file
has explicit instructions on how NOTICE file should be handled.


Jukka Zitting

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