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From "Dennis E. Hamilton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-267) Questionable use of third party code in major code contribution
Date Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:10:20 GMT

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Dennis E. Hamilton commented on LEGAL-267:
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I think Alex is correct that this would be a third party dependency.  I do wonder about this,
though:

"The contributor seems to be unrelated to ASM and has just copied the parts from ASM. Should
we notify the ASM project ob this?"

I think that the "willing contribution" by someone who has the right to do so comes up, among
other things.  The contributor has apparently made a derivative work of the BSD-licensed code.

The question seems to be how to navigate that when incorporated in an Apache project source-code.
 The discussion on the pull request suggests that the code is modified although it is not
clear what the extent of that is.

> Questionable use of third party code in major code contribution
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-267
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-267
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Benedikt Ritter
>
> Hello,
> the Apache Commons project has received a major code donation via GitHub [1]. It looks
like good parts of that contribution have been copied from the ASM framework which is licensed
under the terms of BSD 3-Clause License. Given the information of the Previously Asked Questions
page [3], I assume that we could theoretically include this contribution. 
> - Can you confirm, that we can accept this contribution from a legal PoV? 
> - What would be a polite way to bring this to Commons BCEL WRT to the ASM project? The
contributor seems to be unrelated to ASM and has just copied the parts from ASM. Should we
notify the ASM project ob this?
> - The discussion at GitHub already brought up the topic of adding a NOTICE file. This
seems to be missing in the PR. Is that all that needs to be done to include this contribution?
> Thank you!
> [1] https://github.com/apache/commons-bcel/pull/7
> [2] http://asm.ow2.org/
> [3] http://www.apache.org/legal/resolved.html#category-a



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