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On 14 Jun 2011, at 16:16, Greg Stein wrote:

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 07:00, Simon Phipps <> wrote:

On 14 Jun 2011, at 06:55, Keith Curtis wrote:

Hi all;

I had an idea that you could offer to let people triple-license their
changes. LibreOffice can become an upstream of Apache with this change. That
way people not interested in setting up build servers, etc. can work here
while Apache setup the infrastructure. Given the state of the code dump,
many people will not be able to contribute today, and this lets them.

I think this would be a nice invitation to the Apache community.

What do you think?

As far as I am aware there's no problem with making contributions to LibreOffice using any open 
source license that's compatible with both MPL and LGPLv3. Since that includes the Apache 
License, I would expect contributions licensed just under that license to be perfectly 

Right, Simon. ... but (you saw that coming) would TDF/LO accept
commits into the repository that were only licensed ALv2?

I'm pretty sure they would, yes, since it in no way inhibits outbound licensing under LGPLv3, but 
of course it's for others here to agree :-)

Let's also not forget that neither TDF nor the ASF require copyright
assignment. The copyright remains with the contributor. Thus, the
patch can be offered to the TDF under its suggested LGPLv3/MPL
combination, and offered separately to the ASF under an ALv2

The question would then appear to be whether Apache would accept contributions under just the 
Apache License, without an ICLA (since there are quite a few people here who object to any form of 

Of course, there is no repository right now (speaking to Keith's
original point), so offering a patch under ALv2 would be easiest since
it could be ported to the ASF by anybody. If TDF doesn't accept it,
then the original author would have to do that porting once the ASF
repository arises.

Presumably anyone can do that porting, not just the original contributor?


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