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From "Lawrence Rosen" <lro...@rosenlaw.com>
Subject Third Party FOSS licenses
Date Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:03:33 GMT
Henri Yandell wrote me privately:
> I'll be interested in your thoughts on my recent post to legal-discuss identifying my
current thought pattern for how I see the three tiered split. I think it holds in OSS but
am not sure if other licences on the proprietary/creative-commons side would need other ways
of describing category-B (allowed, but only in these limited use cases).


There should be no tiers. All FOSS licenses are acceptable for the collective works that ASF
publishes through its independent software projects. (Who's talking about proprietary components?)


ASF creates no derivative works. We own no programmers. Presumably contributors own their
contributions. We only collect FOSS contributions and publish them as a collective work under
ALv2 with a NOTICE file. 


That's more than enough for us to do without imposing our own unique FOSS license criteria
upon our diverse and capable community.




Lawrence Rosen

"If this were legal advice it would have been accompanied by a bill."

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