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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: What is the legal basis for enforcing release policies at ASF?
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:16:07 GMT
On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 7:23 AM, Benson Margulies <> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM, Jim Jagielski <> wrote:
>> Coming in late.
>> A snapshot is not a release. Licenses "kick in" at distribution/
>> release.
> Are you sure? When you have a public source control repo, with a
> LICENSE file at the top, I would think that this counts as a legal
> 'publication' under the terms of the license.
> if not, just what is the legal status of source code snipped from our
> repositories?

I agree with Jim that "a snapshot is not a release".  I also agree with him
that licenses "kick in" at distribution.  As to whether they kick in at
"distribution/release", I think that's a weird bit of wording, and I would be
surprised if we are not all in agreement here.

There were long threads on this topic back in 2007-2009 on

Here's are a couple germane points from Roy:

        Copyright law has no concept of software development. So, when a
        lawyer looks at


        what the lawyer (or even layperson) sees is a website.

        > SVN is not a distribution point.

        Of course it is a distribution point. Distribution == copy to someone
        else. It isn't a release (an editorial decision by the ASF).

Marvin Humphrey

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