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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Release Apache Traffic Control 1.8.0-incubating (RC9)
Date Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:34:17 GMT


On 2/15/17, 7:40 AM, "Dan Kirkwood" <dangogh@apache.org> wrote:

>Thanks,  John..   I'm confused on this.   According to
>http://www.apache.org/dev/licensing-howto.html#permissive-deps :
>
>`In LICENSE, add a pointer to the dependency's license within the
>distribution and a short note summarizing its licensing:`
>
>Is MIT a special case in this regard?  And in that case,  do we need a
>separate full license entry for each MIT-licensed component we use?
>Is this RC acceptable other than the license issues you pointed out?

AIUI, a "pointer" is the text from that web page:

    This product bundles SuperWidget 1.2.3, which is available under a
    MIT license.  For details, see deps/superwidget/LICENSE.txt.

Your build/packaging should copy the dependency's MIT License into a file
in the release package.  MIT-licensed projects are supposed to have their
own copy of the MIT license in their release distributions with a
project-specific copyright.  The pointer isn't supposed to be a
third-party URL since URLs are not stable, although I would have probably
advised you to fix that in the next release.  IMO, it isn't a major flaw
for an incubating release.

Instead of a "pointer" you can copy whole license files into LICENSE, but
many prefer "pointers" to keep the LICENSE file shorter.

Of course, I could be wrong...

-Alex


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