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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Code snippets from oooforum in AOO website?
Date Sun, 01 Jun 2014 14:51:32 GMT
On Sun, Jun 1, 2014 at 6:19 AM, Hagar Delest <hagar.delest@laposte.net> wrote:
> The spammers were so successful at www.oooforum.org that it is not
> responsive for several days now (much more than little outages we have been
> used to in the past). So it seems that the forum is dead.
>
> We had talked about that in the EN forum and we had made a backup of the
> content, especially the code snippets. A possibility would be to make a
> dedicated support section in the AOO website and to have one page per topic.
>
> I take that since forums are public, as long as the author of each post is
> kept, there is no problem putting the content online in the AOO website.
> Thoughts?
>

Whoever authored the original code snippets, those individual authors,
are the owners of the copyright for that content.  They may have
agreed to publish the content on oooforum.org,. but that does not mean
they gave permission to have it copied and hosted someplace else.
Think of it like this:  Code snippets on StackExchange are also
"public" in some sense.  But that does not mean we can just copy them
in bulk and rehost them.

Is it possible to approach the operator of oooforum.org and discuss
this?  If he is no longer interested in maintaining that website,
maybe he would agree to working with us to transfer the content,
giving us permission?  Maybe even transferring the domain name?


> If no objection, do we need to file a JIRA ticket?
>

I'd like to see us first clarify the permissions.  Preserving the
author would be sufficient for some Creative Commons licenses, for
example.  But it is not clear that this is what we have here.  Do we
have any license to copy the content?

-Rob


> Hagar
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