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From Henri Yandell <bay...@apache.org>
Subject License of unmerged contributions [Was: Status of code licensed to the ASF but not submitted to the ASF]
Date Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:53:01 GMT
A related question is:

What is the license of software contributed to Apache but not accepted by
Apache. For example a patch on JIRA or pull request on GitHub that has not
yet been merged.

Apache 2.0 says:

"*5. Submission of Contributions*. Unless You explicitly state otherwise,
any Contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the Work by You
to the Licensor shall be under the terms and conditions of this License,
without any additional terms or conditions. Notwithstanding the above,
nothing herein shall supersede or modify the terms of any separate license
agreement you may have executed with Licensor regarding such Contributions."

Does Apache take a blanket position that any patch contributed to Apache
which is licensed to Apache under Apache 2.0 (per clause 5), is also
licensed by Apache to everyone else?


On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 5:14 AM, Shane Curcuru <asf@shanecurcuru.org> wrote:

> Bertrand Delacretaz wrote on 10/3/17 5:22 AM:
> > Hi Robert,
> >
> > On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 10:48 AM, Robert Munteanu <rombert@apache.org>
> wrote:
> >> ...Out of curiosity, what is the legal status of code that is declared
> as
> >> 'Licensed to the ASF' but hosted in other repositories?...
> >
> > I suspect that mostly happens when people copy our license headers in
> > their code, without paying attention to that statement.
> Similarly, the ASF can't give you legal advice, and certainly not about
> code that's not in an Apache repository.
> If it's in an Apache repository (our SVN or our github organization)
> then it should have a clear LICENSE and NOTICE for the Apache project as
> a whole clearly showing what licenses different files are under.
> Otherwise, it's best to assume there's no specific legal status between
> any code or license you find on the internet and the ASF itself.
> Anything the ASF manages will be explicitly on our domain or
> organizational ownership.
> --
> - Shane
>   https://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/resources
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