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From Joe Witt <>
Subject Re: Confusion over NOTICE vs LICENSE files
Date Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:19:29 GMT

Speaking from the NiFi side I can assure you an enormous amount of
time, energy, and communication go into LICENSE and NOTICE handling
for this project.  We've had discussions with PMC and committers of
other projects to learn their approach as well as to encourage them to
follow these policies as well.

We attempt to adhere to both spirit and letter of policy regarding
licensing and notice information.  The NOTICE [1] you reference for us
is only the source release NOTICE and I believe it to be correct for
the source release.  Can you share what you see is missing?

We also maintain a notice that specifically applies to any convenance
binaries we produce [2].  In fact, we also do that level of artifact
specific NOTICE resolution for any bundling of dependencies we do (for
example [3]).

We produced and frequently reference this guide to help our community
stay consistent with the policy as we understood/understand it [4].

And here you can see that we are pretty strict in following the
understanding of the policy even when it deviates from otherwise
accepted practice [5].

I very much welcome efforts to improve this guidance.  I think some of
the work Todd Lipcon has initiated recently is a great start.

Now I write this realizing you are an excellent contributor to the
licensing/notice discussions and you provided some of the best RC
reviews in this area as well for us in incubation.  So I write this
fully respecting you just want things to be done right.  if we're
actually doing something wrong let us know and we'll sort it out.


On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Justin Mclean <> wrote:
> Hi
> It seems that some of the confusion comes from what top level projects have done and
not keep up with policy? From a 5 minute search (and not to pick on / point out any particular
project) here’s some examples were I think improvement could be made to NOTICE files. [1][2][3][4][5][6][7]
> Perhaps it's time to ask TLP to review their LICENCE / NOTICE to be a little more consistent
with current policy? Any suggestion on how we would go about this? Does the policy need to
be made clearer first?
> Thanks,
> Justin
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