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From "Ted Leung" <twle...@sauria.com>
Subject Re: The organization of xml.apache.org
Date Thu, 05 Dec 2002 06:26:47 GMT
Jeff's question below about the legal relevance of PMC's is a good one.
Does someone from the board have a definitive answer for this?

Ted
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeff Turner" <jefft@apache.org>
To: <general@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 4:03 AM
Subject: Re: The organization of xml.apache.org


> On Wed, Dec 04, 2002 at 11:53:08AM +0100, Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> [snip 1-vs-many PMCs]
> > >>Then there's the legal stuff, which includes the visibility to the
> > >>board, jar files, code without copyright, code with incompatible
> > >>copyright, code with patent infringements, etc.
> > >
> > >Hmm.. anyone care to guess how m    any patents Cocoon infringes?
> >
> > Ok, then let's not even try then, who cares, oh and while we're at it
> > let's remove the PMCs, why are they needed, oh and the board too, oh and
> > why Apache at all... get real, try to be constructive. If nobody cares,
> > tell me what we should do to solve the problem instead of
> > institutionalizing it.
>
> I'm suggesting that while the PMCs are worrying about the possibility of
> a LGPL jar in CVS, Microsoft might be poised to wipe Apache off the map
> with 0.00001% of its legal budget because Cocoon infringes some obscure
> patent of theirs.
>
> This is a question about the legal relevance of PMCs in general, not
> directly related to the current debate.  I would personally like to know
> whether PMCs are any use (legally) at all, before debating whether there
> should be one or many.
>
> --Jeff
>
> > --
> > Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
> >             - verba volant, scripta manent -
> >    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)
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