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From "Ralph Goers (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-333) Maven Central Repository terms are incompatible with the Apache License
Date Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:48:00 GMT

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Ralph Goers commented on LEGAL-333:
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The problem here is that you are connecting "your submissions" with "affecting their licensing".
All that clause says is that the ASF is responsible for everything we publish through Maven
Central and that Sonatype isn't to blame for bad stuff we may publish there. As I read that
it means that if someone were to sue Sonatype because of something published there they can
simply point to that clause and asked to be dismissed from the case and they would expect
the ASF to support that.

That in no way negates the license for the software residing there and doesn't make the ASF
any more responsible (or less) than what the license says. Again, all it is saying is that
Sonatype can't be held responsible.

> Maven Central Repository terms are incompatible with the Apache License
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LEGAL-333
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-333
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Carte Project
>
> All or nearly all of the ASF's Java software projects are distributed through the Maven
Central Repository operated by Sonatype, Inc. Their "full terms of service" (as they are described
in [this page|http://central.sonatype.org/pages/ossrh-guide.html]) can be found here:
> [http://central.sonatype.org/pages/central-repository-producer-terms.html]
> The "Indemnity for Submissions" clause states:
> bq. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sonatype and its affiliates, suppliers,
partners, officers, agents, and employees from and against any claim, demand, losses, damages
or expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) arising from your Submissions.
> To me, the obligation to indemnify against any claim "arising from your Submissions"
sounds somewhat incompatible with the 8 and 9 clauses of the [Apache License 2.0|http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0].
And my understanding is that all of the ASF's Maven artifacts are nearly-automatically deployed
on that repository.
> Am I missing something?  Any comments?



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