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Re: The future of the Subversion book

From: Branko Čibej <brane_at_apache.org>
Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2018 19:12:27 +0200

On 18.10.2018 20:40, Branko Čibej wrote:
> On 06.09.2018 15:25, Branko Čibej wrote:
>> 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.
> I didn't quite forget about this: LEGAL-421

The answer to this question appears to be that we should relicense the
book before importing it into our repository. I suppose that means the
original authors, and any other major contributors, should create a
Software Grant.

-- Brane
Received on 2018-10-27 19:12:36 CEST

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