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From "John D. Ament (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LEGAL-333) Maven Central Repository terms are incompatible with the Apache License
Date Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:13:01 GMT

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John D. Ament commented on LEGAL-333:
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I'll point out the following:

- The ASF produces source releases.  While projects may make binaries available, these aren't
the releases we tend to be concerned about.
- There's nothing forcing you to download artifacts from Maven Central.  For Maven users,
you can always use the ASF hosted Maven Repository for binary releases at https://repository.apache.org/content/repositories/releases/

> 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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