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From Mark Hamstra <>
Subject Re: A survey about IP clearance of Spark in UC Berkeley for donating to Apache
Date Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:37:27 GMT
Your history isn't really accurate. Years before Spark became an Apache
project, the AMPlab and UC Berkeley placed the Spark code under a 3-clause
BSD License and made the code publicly available. Later, a group of
developers and Spark users from both inside and outside Berkeley brought
Spark and that repository of code through the Apache incubation process to
become a full Apache project. So, it is not really accurate to say that UC
Berkeley donated Spark to the ASF.

On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 9:21 PM hxd <> wrote:

> Hi,
> As we know, Spark is one of the most famous projects for distributed
> computing. It is donated by UC Berkeley to ASF initially, and currently a
> lot of developers in the world are making contribution to the project.
> Because Apache 2.0 License requires licensing related patents to ASF if
> needed, I want to make a survey about “how universities deal with the IP
> clearance when donating to Apache”. We believe that it is helpful to let
> more universities understand the process, and join in Apache more  smoothly
> in the future.
> Therefore,  I want to know does UC Berkeley have related patents before
> the university contributed source codes to Apache?  If there is, then how
> the university dealt with them? And what documents the university provided
> to Apache, just SGA?
> Thanks very much!
> Best,
> Xiangdong
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