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From Marvin Humphrey <mar...@rectangular.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release Apache Ignite (Incubating) 1.0-RC3
Date Sat, 21 Mar 2015 02:33:25 GMT
On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 6:53 PM, Dmitriy Setrakyan
<dsetrakyan@apache.org> wrote:

> I think we made a mistake and imported the wrong version of the source
> code. The same version is provided here by Doug Lee without the GPL
> headers, but only with Public Domain header:
> http://gee.cs.oswego.edu/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/jsr166/src/jsr166e/
>
> I guess we will have to resubmit the release, unless you can accept it in
> the current shape. Please advise.

If the files don't contain any GPL IP, then what we have is a "licensing
documentation bug": there's public domain IP which is perfectly fine to
include, but it's misleadingly labeled.  Shipping a release which contains
such IP does not pose any legal problems.

Contrast that with a licensing error, such as GPL IP onto which someone has
slapped an ALv2 header.  Shipping such a release could leave users and
redistributors open to a claim of copyright violation.

Licensing documentation bugs can vary from inconsequential to catastrophic
depending on how badly they mislead downstream consumers.  It seems to me that
while this one might cause alarm, it shouldn't cause anybody to do anything
illegal.  So long as you are *certain* that those *exact* versions of the
files are available under Doug Lea's public domain dedication and contain no
GPL mods, I think it's OK.

I'd suggest opening a ticket to correct the headers.

Marvin Humphrey

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