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From "Martin Cooper" <>
Subject RE: Indemnification & copyright
Date Mon, 23 Sep 2002 21:36:47 GMT
I think the main risk is due to the nature of the patent process, the
difficulty of patent searches, and the apparent ineptitude of the US PTO.
It's certainly possible that an Apache committer could inadvertently violate
a patent, just as any other developer might.

The copyright issue cannot be ruled out, but I think the risk there is very
minimal. Given that Apache is a meritocracy, the chances of one of the
committers being dumb enough to commit copyrighted code in full view of the
community is very small (albeit non-zero).

I would suggest that you contact the ASF directly, rather than looking at
this from the project level. You can look at the ASF Bylaws here:

and the primary contact information is here:

Martin Cooper

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Malcolm Davis []
> Sent: Sunday, September 22, 2002 5:02 PM
> To:
> Subject: Indemnification & copyright
> To Struts Team, Developers and Users
> I am presently in a predicament on my present contract.  I
> am not allowed to use STRUTS unless my employer can be
> indemnified from copyright or patent infringement.
> 1.  Is there anyway my employer can be indemnified from
> copyright or patent infringement with Struts?
> 2.  Is there a company that provides this service?
> 3.  Is this really an issue with Struts?
> The liability extends from the use of intellectual property.
> A developer knowingly or unknowingly contributes a piece of
> software to the Open Source community that contains
> intellectual property.  I then use that piece of open source
> software.
> Thanks for any comments,
> malcolm
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