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From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Third Party FOSS licenses
Date Sat, 01 Aug 2015 17:56:50 GMT
On Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 10:44 AM, Lawrence Rosen <lrosen@rosenlaw.com> wrote:

>
> Henri Yandell asked:
>
> > How do the FOSS contributions constitute "separate and independent
> works in themselves"?
>
>
>
> As far as ASF is concerned, anything that bears a copyright notice and is
> expressly contributed to an Apache project by someone known to the Apache
> project is a "separate and independent work."
>
>
>
> This is a kind of recursive term of art. An *original work* is a separate
> and independent work. A *derivative work* of that original work becomes a
> separate and independent work. A *collective work* or *compilation*
> including that original work or derivative work becomes a separate and
> independent work. As long as those works are indeed separate and
> independently created by identified (or anonymous) authors, and if
> necessary its original sources identified on the U.S. Copyright Office
> application under oath, the contributor can assert a separate and
> independent copyright.
>

The majority of contributions are based on the pre-existing work. So how
can "As long as those works are indeed separate and independently created
by identified (or anonymous) authors" be correct?

I guess I'm asking for the meaning of 'separate' and 'independent', which I
don't see defined.

Hen

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