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From David Nalley <>
Subject Re: IP clearance clarification: copyright notices
Date Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:38:55 GMT
On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 5:18 AM, Bertrand Delacretaz
<> wrote:
> 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.

> [2]

I agree with this.
The FAQ at the bottom of [2] says that it applies to all releases
occurring after $date.
Source without ASF headers is not an issue until you release. (And
indeed, many things that we don't release do not contain such

1) should be taken care of before the IP Clearance.
As Marvin notes below, the inclusion of a header does not change its
legal status, it merely is present for clarity (and because policy
demands it in released files)

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