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Re: The future of the Subversion book

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 15:25:17 +0200

On 06.09.2018 15:10, C. Michael Pilato wrote:
> On 09/05/2018 04:49 PM, Mark Phippard wrote:
>> Assuming the PMC wanted it, is it possible for the book to be
>> contributed to this project and hosted in the Apache SVN repository?
>> Many people seem to post questions and issues in these mailing lists
>> as if it is part of the project anyway so maybe we ought to just
>> make this the reality.  I guess what I am saying is, before we gauge
>> opinion on whether we want to bring this into the project, my
>> question is whether there are any blockers that prevent this on the
>> book side from being an option?  Such as copyright or licensing
>> issues that make it not possible.  It feels like this has been
>> discussed in the past and there were reasons it was kept separate
>> from the project even after the publishing of the book by O'Reilly
>> was in the past, but I no longer recall them.
> Honestly, I think the book belongs with the PMC. It is easy to imagine a
> day when a developer is expected to provide at least rudimentary
> documentation updates in the same commit that carries his or her new
> feature or behavioral change.
> The book carries a cc-by-2.0 license, with Ben, Fitz and myself named as
> the copyright holders. I suspect that in order to be absorbed by the
> PMC, that licensing would have to change to an Apache License. Does that
> mean that the three primary authors would need to officially re-license
> it somehow? Or maybe it's a software grant to the ASF (rather like
> Subversion itself was)?

We'd have to ask legal@ but I'd be surprised if we'd be required to
re-license the book; it's not code, and the Apache license isn't really
suitable. Also we wouldn't really be making releases of it, just updates
on the web.

-- Brane
Received on 2018-09-06 15:25:25 CEST

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