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From "Henri Yandell (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Closed] (LEGAL-124) Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
Date Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:29:18 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-124?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Henri Yandell closed LEGAL-124.
    Resolution: Fixed

Text added to http://www.staging.apache.org/legal/src-headers.html

Other files may make sense to have no license header. Three examples are:

    Short informational text files; for example README, INSTALL files. The expectation is
that these files make it obvious which product they relate to.
    Test data for which the addition of a source header would cause the tests to fail.
    'Snippet' files that are combined as form a larger file where the larger file would have
duplicate licensing headers.

PMCs should use their judgement, err on having a source header and contact legal-discuss@
if unsure. 

> Are license headers really mandatory in every source file?
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-124
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-124
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: ant elder
> The Release FAQ says "Every source file must contain the appropriate ASF License text."
> The question often comes up if that really means MUST and if it means every single file
in SVN or with a source distribution when a release is being made. 
> I can't find any links now but thought i remember being told some years ago on legal-discuss
was that the top level LICENSE file covers everything anyway so the individual license headers
aren't strictly necessary especially for source files without significant IP. Could we get
a opinion here on if thats true? So for example things like short README files perhaps don't
need a license header or files without significant IP where the header can be problematic
for some reason.
> Any opinions here either way?

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