Actually this is Apache's policy, not special to ZK:

specifically "note that there should be no copyright notice in the header".


On 08/27/2010 06:33 AM, Vishal K wrote:
Hi Henry,

I will check with them. Can you point me to the other open source projects
that you are referring to? Thanks.


On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Henry Robinson<>  wrote:

Hi Vishal -

I'm afraid we don't allow author or copyright information in source
files. Putting
one's own copyright notice is against Apache policy (and we are guided by
the rules of the ASF). The SVN logs will keep track of ownership details,
but it's not at all clear what copyright notices even mean once you have
granted license to the ASF by virtue of submitting your patch. To avoid any
confusion, we just disallow author specific information in the source.

I hope you can find some compromise with your legal department - I'm pretty
sure I know of other contributions from VMWare employees to open source
projects that don't have this restriction, so I'm hopeful that you can
resolve this issue.


On 26 August 2010 14:58, Vishal K<>  wrote:

Hi All,

I work for VMware. My company tells me that any contirubtion that I make
ZK needs to have a line saying "Copyright [year of creation - year of
modification] VMware, Inc. All Rights Reserved".
If portions of a file are modified, then I could identify only those
portions of the file, if needed. No change to license is required.

Needless to say, I am personally ok to make contirbutions without any
notices. What is ZK's policy on this? What would be a good solution in
case satisfyigng both the parties (ZK and my company's legal dept.)?

Henry Robinson
Software Engineer

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