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From "Cem Karan (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-283) Please add in a severability clause to the ASL
Date Fri, 06 Jan 2017 18:50:58 GMT
Cem Karan created LEGAL-283:
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             Summary: Please add in a severability clause to the ASL
                 Key: LEGAL-283
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-283
             Project: Legal Discuss
          Issue Type: Task
            Reporter: Cem Karan


Can you please add in a severability clause (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Severability) to
the ASL?  My concern is that if one of the clauses is declared invalid, then the other clauses
might also be declared invalid by a court.  

This issue came up on the legal-discuss mailing list with regards to copyright and US Government
contributions (which automatically are in the public domain within the US).  The concern is
that a smart lawyer might argue successfully in court that clause 2 is invalid for public
domain contributions, and therefore the entire license is invalid.  This could cause significant
headaches for everyone.



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