[Mulgara-dev] Fwd: [Kowari-developers] Northrop Grumman Agreement

David Wood dwood at softwarememetics.com
Fri Jul 7 01:42:00 UTC 2006

Hi all,

This is a forward of a message sent by Kowari customer The Topaz  
Foundation earlier today.  Those of you who have not already seen it  
on the Kowari-dev list should read it carefully.  Key Mulgara  
developers are actively discussing this message and will make a  
decision on its impact over the next few days.  Discussion on this  
list is more than welcome.



Begin forwarded message:

> From: Amit Kapoor <amitkapoor at mindspring.com>
> Date: 6 July , 2006 20:09:18 EDT
> To: kowari-developers at lists.sourceforge.net
> Cc: fontana at softwarefreedom.org, michael.wallach at ngc.com, Steve  
> Borostyan <steveb at plos.org>, terry.solins at ngc.com
> Subject: [Kowari-developers] Northrop Grumman Agreement
> Hi folks,
>     The Topaz Foundation (http://www.topazproject.org) is very  
> pleased to
>     forward the email, from Michael H. Wallach (Senior Counsel,  
> Northrop
>     Grumman) to Richard Fontana (Software Freedom Law Center), to  
> the Kowari
>     open source development community. We trust that this letter  
> will end any
>     confusion with respect to the future status of Kowari, which  
> has been
>     secured, and that the community will now be able to focus on  
> making Kowari
>     one of the most vibrant open source projects.
>     We would like to thank Software Freedom Law Center, Northrop  
> Grumman and
>     some key Kowari developers for helping us reach this agreement.
>     I have edited out email addresses from the forwarded email and  
> am Ccing
>     interested parties at Northrop Grumman, Software Freedom Law  
> Center and
>     Topaz Foundation.
>     regards
> Amit
> (PS: Please note that the email was forwarded to me so headers are  
> missing)
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Kowari
> Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 08:59:54 -0400
> From: Wallach, Michael H. (Law)
> To: Richard Fontana
> CC: Solins, Terry S.
> Dear Richard:
> Northrop Grumman recognizes that some of its communications with  
> Kowari
> developers have caused uncertainty in the open source community  
> over the
> Kowari project.   We hope this clarification letter will help  
> dispel any
> erroneous inferences that may have been drawn from those  
> communications.
> Northrop Grumman affirms that any and all code that has been  
> checked in
> to the public Kowari repository at SourceForge.net is non-proprietary,
> open source software, licensed freely to all under the Mozilla Public
> License, version 1.1 (the "MPL").  This includes any code that was
> checked in to the repository by Software Memetics, Inc. in the  
> course of
> performing work under contract to Northrop Grumman between August and
> December of 2005.
> Northrop Grumman respects the rights that users of open source Kowari
> software receive under the MPL.  Northrop Grumman intends that open
> source Kowari software, licensed under the MPL, is and will remain  
> free,
> open source software.
> Moreover, Northrop Grumman has no objection to the continued  
> appropriate
> use of the "Kowari" name by developers participating in the Kowari  
> open
> source project.
> The comments made in the letter of January 4 to David Wood were not
> intended to frustrate the rights of Kowari developers operating under
> the MPL.  We apologize if statements in the letter created uncertainty
> in the open source community over the Kowari project.  It was  
> certainly
> not the intention of the company to have this occur.  Northrop Grumman
> remains committed to the dissemination and use of Kowari under the  
> terms
> of the MPL.
> Best regards,
> Michael Wallach
> Senior Counsel
> Northrop Grumman Corporation
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