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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Re: IP Clearance form re INCUBATOR-77
Date Fri, 29 Aug 2008 19:17:36 GMT

On Aug 26, 2008, at 2:59 AM, Robert Burrell Donkin wrote:

> On 8/25/08, Grant Ingersoll <> wrote:
>> I'm trying to resolve INCUBATOR-77 and I feel stuck on the wording in
>> the clearance template:
>> "Check and make sure that for all items included with the
>>                   distribution that is not under the Apache license,
>> we have
>>                   the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and
>>                   redistribute."
>> and
>> "Check and make sure that all items depended upon by the
>>                   project is covered by one or more of the following
>> approved
>>                   licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C,
>> MPL 1.1, or
>>                   something with essentially the same terms."
> The template's a guide rather than a normative document. The licenses
> need to be audited and checked against current Apache policy (rather
> than the examplars given).
>> Per the issue mentioned, there is an LGPL dependency right now that  
>> is
>> going to be resolved.  Thus, I am not sure what to do.  Can we fill
>> out this and proceed w/ the checking in the code, knowing that we
>> can't release it until this is resolved or can I truly not finish
>> filling out the IP clearance
>> (
>> ) until it is resolved?  Part of me thinks, that if we commit, but  
>> not
>> release, that we will get some user volunteers to take up the issue  
>> of
>> replacing the problematic code.  My understanding of the ASF (and
>> based on Doug C.'s comment) is that we could commit as long as we
>> don't release, but the clearance template seems to put up a gate that
>> isn't neccessarily there
> IMHO the template is wrong and conflates concerns which are better
> separated. Separation into a guide and a simple form would be much
> better.

I think what you are saying, then, is that I can go forward and mark  
that the code in question will be removed before being released?


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