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From jan i <>
Subject Re: IP clearance clarification: copyright notices
Date Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:33:52 GMT
On 13 November 2014 11:18, Bertrand Delacretaz <>

> Hi,
> In the vote thread about [1] a question came up about the following
> clause, from our IP clearance form:
> > Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been
> > updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.
> I think this actually covers two distinct things:
> 1) Moving any existing non-Apache copyright notices to a NOTICE file,
> if the owner of the donated code wants that, or otherwise removing
> them or making them smaller to avoid bloating the code with multiple
> copyright notices., if possible. All done by whoever donates the code
> - as per the "Should a project move non-ASF copyright notices from
> Apache source files to the NOTICE file?" section in [2], we don't want
> to that ourselves.
> 2) Adding Apache copyright/license headers where required
> IMO there's no need for 2) to happen before the donation, that just
> has to happen before the first release of that code.
I dont agree with that statement. I would very much prefer:

"that just has to happen as the first change (commit) to the files, and no
later than the first release".

In my opinion its important that all changes to the code happens after the
license header is in place.

> Do people agree? Shall we reformulate that requirement to better
> express that it's only 1) that's relevant before accepting the donated
> code?
agreed, with my little change.

jan I.

Ps. I like your idea of putting the original code in a quarantine area of

> -Bertrand
> [1]
> [2]
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