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From "Allen Pulsifer" <>
Subject RE: Apache Incubator Proposal: Splitting the Community?
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 18:30:25 GMT
>>>  Which is why I raised the question regarding TDF's ability to 
>>> relicense all of the contributions it has received.
>> As I understand it Noel, TDF accepts contributions under open source 
>> licenses alone and unlike ASF does not require a contributor license 
>> agreement, so is unable to relicense the last 8 months of work under 
>> any license incompatible with the ones used by those contributions.

> Unable is a strong word.  I given that we are talking about historically
recent contributions,
> I would think that it would be possible to identify and reach out to those
who made these
> contributions.  These people, after all, DO hold the copyrights.

In fact, as I pointed out earlier, about 75% to 90% of the LIbreOffice
contributions have been made by the employees of a handful of companies,
primarily Linux distributors such as Novell, Red Hat and Canonical.  So in
fact, if those companies decided to join in an Apache Licensed effort, this
issue would be largely addressed.

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