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From Todd Lipcon <>
Subject IP clearance for properly licensed code
Date Tue, 10 Nov 2015 02:11:56 GMT
Hi all,

Another hopefully simple question:

The Mentor guide contains the following text:

> Existing codebases need to be imported through the standard IP clearance
> process. This means that a Software Grant Agreement (SGA
> <>) or Contributor License
> Agreement (CLA <>) need to be
> submitted for all copyright owners. This process may take a while so it is
> best to start as soon as the podling is accepted.

How does this rule apply to sections of code that are released publicly
under a suitable license (eg Apache/BSD/MIT) but were originally written
from a different context? For example, I am working on an incubation
proposal for a project that includes portions of code copied from the
Chromium open source project, which is released under a BSD license but
holds a copyright notice by "The Chromium Authors". It's unlikely that
these authors would submit the appropriate paperwork to the ASF.

Assuming that the imported project retains the notice of the original
copyright, and the commits which import the code suitably track the
provenance of the code, my understanding is this is acceptable under the
licenses and foundation policy. However, the text in the mentor guide seems
to indicate otherwise.


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