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From "Marvin Humphrey (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-293) Adding ASF license headers to the code that came from a BSD licensed project
Date Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:09:44 GMT

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Marvin Humphrey commented on LEGAL-293:

VP Legal has already endorsed one solution (omitting headers entirely), which also had my
support as a member of the Legal Committee: https://s.apache.org/EOT5

Should the podling follow that course of action, I think it would be unreasonable for other
Incubator PMC members to object.

As I read back though the thread, it seems to me that as more information was revealed to
Roy, he changed his recommendation. If I understand the following correctly, adding our standard
boilerplate header *in addition to* an existing BSD header would be fine, but adding it to
a BSD-licensed file *without* a header might be problematic because in a vacuum our header
text could be interpreted to imply that the entire file was licensed to the ASF under CLAs
when it was not:


Then you should fix the header to say something accurate. It doesn't have to be verbose, but
it does need to be accurate, like "Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under
the BSD license and/or one or more ...."

There may be other solutions which can win VP Legal's endorsement after further discussion.
(My pet proposal would be a short-form header of "Licensed to the public under the Apache
License 2.0." I assert this is valid because the ALv2 subsumes the file's BSD license.) But
you already have one path forward.

> Adding ASF license headers to the code that came from a BSD licensed project
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-293
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-293
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Roman Shaposhnik
> I'd like to ask for a final resolution of the question that got debated on legal discuss
some time ago: http://markmail.org/message/pdy6f4wg4w2hpb5g
> To put a stake in the ground I'd like to propose that we move ahead with the solution
put forward by [~fielding] http://markmail.org/message/7rpbk2odapl2r3q3

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