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From "John D. Ament" <johndam...@apache.org>
Subject Re: What does "Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)" mean?
Date Thu, 15 Dec 2016 02:10:22 GMT
Ok, so that's what I thought.  So if an arbitrary github repo includes
(their own developed source code) that includes this clause, they are
technically granting the ASF a license to use that code, right?

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 7:17 PM Roman Shaposhnik <roman@shaposhnik.org>
wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 4:10 PM, John D. Ament <johndament@apache.org>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > So I'm wondering based on some questions being asked around in some
> forums,
> > not all within the ASF, what is the legal statement meant to represent?
> Is
> > it the ownership of code, that's how I've understood it.
>
> My understanding is that it is a very basic legal tool (at least in
> US) to transfer
> the rights for a copyrighted piece of intellectual property to ASF.
> The copyright
> itself remains with the original owner, but ASF gets the right
> (license) to be free
> to do with that IP however it pleases (which includes potential
> re-licensing and
> it fact happened at least once going from ALv1 -> ALv2).
>
> Thanks,
> Roman.
>
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