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From Simon Kitching <>
Subject Re: [IO] Planning IO 1.4 release
Date Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 GMT
---- Dennis Lundberg <> schrieb:
> simon wrote:
> > On Thu, 2008-01-10 at 21:11 +0100, Dennis Lundberg wrote:
> >> sebb wrote:
> >>> AIUI, the NOTICE file is not about dependencies, it is about the
> >>> artefacts that are actually included in the distribution.
> >>>
> >>> In the case of Commons, dependencies are normally not included in the
> >>> distribution, and should therefore not be included in NOTICE.
> >> Now I better understand why you feel the way you do about this.
> >>
> >> The approach that mrrp takes is to inform about software that is either 
> >> included *or* used by the current project. So it behaves differently 
> >> than you expect it to. I don't have much insight into the legal stuff 
> >> surrounding these files, but mrrp is used by lots of ASF project. So I 
> >> suspect that the generated NOTICE files comply with ASF policy.
> > 
> > In legal terms, things like "I don't have much insight into the legal
> > stuff" and "I suspect that that generated NOTICE files comply.." worry
> > me a lot. It also bothers me that "lots of projects" appear to have
> > changed their legal process without asking on legal-discuss.
> I started using the plugin because I had seen it used in other places 
> within the ASF, so I assumed it was OK to use it. The resource-bundle 
> that is downloaded by mrrp was designed to help ASF projects to comply 
> with ASF policy, AIUI.
> > Now I don't have much insight into legal issues either, and it may well
> > be that you are right and I am wrong. But if processes are to be
> > *changed*, then surely we need to validate the change before applying
> > it. Just making changes to the legal processes without any expert
> > opinion seems to be asking for trouble.
> > 
> > Which projects are using mrrp auto-notice generation, and since when?
> I don't know when it was first used, but I checked SVN right now and 
> directory and geronimo use it.

Ah..I had assumed that you were the author of this plugin.

Perhaps we should then ask the author of the plugin where they got their legal advice from.
If they can point us at an email in the archives then that would be a big step forward.

Regards, Simon

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