New, Clearer, IP Defensive, Apache Licenses Proposed

by Steve Mallett

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"Roy T. Fielding, Director of the Apache Software Foundation, has announced that the Apache Project (ASF) is proposing new licenses to "reflect changes in the community regarding patents and contributing."

"The goals of this license revision have been to reduce the number of frequently asked questions, to allow the license to be reusable without modification by any project (including non-ASF projects), to allow the license to be included by reference instead of listed in every file, to clarify the license on submission of contributions, to require a patent license on contributions that necessarily infringe the contributor's own patents, and to move comments regarding specific Apache trademarks and attribution notices to a location outside the license terms (the NOTICE file)."