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ASF Legal & Trademark

The following pages provide information for users of Apache Products (i.e. software products from the ASF).

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Apache Licenses Details the Apache License 2.0 and other licences from the ASF
Records of Incorporation and Tax Status Our official records
Information on encryption within Apache products Export Control information
Trademark and Logo Usage Guidelines Our Trademark policy
DMCA Designated Agent page For DMCA-related issues

We appreciate feedback on our licenses, agreements and processes (see communications). Sadly, we are unable to offer legal opinions or advice to the public.

The following pages provide information for Apache Software Foundation committers to assist in their work on Apache Products.

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ASF Release Policy Apache Release Policy for Apache Products
Apache Software Foundation 3rd Party License Policy Information related to third-party license use in Apache Products
Source Header and Copyright Notice Policy Instructions on the application of source headers to ASF source files
CLA FAQ Questions related to signing our Contributor License Agreements
Handling Cryptography within an ASF Release Cryptography Policy
Generative Tooling Guidance Guidance relating to the use of Generative Tooling

The Legal Affairs Committee

The Legal Affairs Committee was established in March 2007 and is responsible for establishing, and managing, legal policies based on the advice of legal counsel and the interests of the Foundation. It reports to the board each month.

Questions for the Legal Affairs Committee should be raised on LEGAL JIRA space.

Most discussions are held on the public legal-discuss@ mailing list. See the legal-discuss@ archives for previous discussions.

The Legal Affairs Committee (including VP of Legal Affairs) is staffed exclusively by volunteers and is leveraging a pro-bono legal counsel. This means that while most requests are typically resolved in a matter of few days, sometimes non-urgent requests can take longer. We will try to acknowledge your request within a couple of days, but the actual resolution may take much longer. For truly urgent matters always make sure to contact directly.

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Legal Affairs reports The board reports to date
Draft Third-Party Licensing Policy Cliff Schmidt's original drafting. While never enacted, this draft provided the foundation from which the current policy evolved
Ramblings of an ASF VP of Legal Affairs Sam Ruby's subsequent thoughts