[legal-discuss] Third party file inclusion in Openstack sushy project

Radcliffe, Mark Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com
Thu Jul 19 16:38:45 UTC 2018

I agree with Allison's approach. Most importantly, we need to have the license in the file since currently they appear not to have a license.

-----Original Message-----
From: Allison Randal [mailto:allison at lohutok.net] 
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:21 AM
To: mail at clusums.eu; legal-discuss at lists.openstack.org
Subject: Re: [legal-discuss] Third party file inclusion in Openstack sushy project


On 07/18/2018 02:15 PM, mail at clusums.eu wrote:
> 1) Can I include these files in sushy project as they are?

A clarification would be useful here: do you really need to commit a
copy of the files into the sushy git repository? Most external
dependencies in OpenStack projects are installed from remote sources
during the build process (like, Python dependencies are installed from
Python's normal archive for Python packages).

Jeremy is right that the BSD licenses are generally considered
compatible for use in Apache 2.0 projects. I'm guessing what Mark wants
to review has more to due with copyright, since DMTF hasn't signed a
contributor agreement with OpenStack Foundation. But, that wouldn't be a
problem if you were just installing those files as an external
dependency, instead of committing them into the git repository.

It's also worth asking DMTF if they would mind putting a license notice
somewhere in the software. A simple file named LICENSE containing a copy
of the license text (located in
http://redfish.dmtf.org/schemas/registries/) would be a good start. In
future versions they could add a mention of the license to their README
files, and might consider adding a License tag into the Copyright block
of the JSON files.


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