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Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:59:24 -0700
From: Petr Hosek <phosek@...omium.org>
To: musl@...ts.openwall.com
Cc: kulakowski@...omium.org
Subject: musl licensing

We work on Chromium project at Google. Our team, as well as several
other teams here at Google, would like to start using musl in various
open-source projects. This includes shipping musl as a part of SDKs
and toolchains. However, after performing a standard license review,
our open-source lawyers told us that there are two obstacles to us
being able to use musl.

The first issue is the lack of clarity around per-file licensing and
copyright attribution. The other issue is the claim that some files
(in particular, the public headers and C runtime) are in the public
domain. While this might be technically correct, it's not legally
sound and we would be legally unable to use these files without them
being placed under copyright and an open source license. The most
appropriate way of addressing both issues would be to include a
copyright notice in individual source and header files.

Rather than working around these issues by reimplementing parts of
musl, we would like to work with the musl community to directly
address these issues. We believe that our company's interpretation of
the copyright and authorship is the same across the entire industry
and resolving these issues would benefit both musl as well as projects
which already do or plan to use musl.

To address both issues, authors of all files in musl that are "public
domain" or any other non-license will have to agree with relicensing
their work under the MIT license (or any other compatible open-source
license). Furthermore, all past and future contributors will have to
to sign the Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Since the majority of
musl authors are present in this forum, we're reaching out to you to
ask whether this is something you would agree with and also to start
the discussion within the wider musl community.

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