Question asked here, but without much attention; posting here.

Please write a bit of detail steps on how to follow Apache2 requirements for a new beginner, (whose native language is not English,) Thank you.

Bob found a web app on GitHub, it is with Apache License 2.0 license, and also builds on top of other projects with Apache License 2.0 license. Now, Bob would like to work on the UI and replace the entire database. When Bob hosts it later, what information/ licenses of Apache 2 should he include on that website to meet the Apache License 2.0 requirements? So far, Bob's understanding is:

License and copyright notice
State changes 

What are the exact steps Bob needs to do to meet the Apache-2 requirements?

And how to show the Apache2 License and copyright notice on the website (the unchanged web app doesn't have any Apache notice after build)?

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    Are you distributing either code or binaries to the users, or are you simply allowing them to access a web site which runs the code? (Note that any JavaScript code is typically distributed to the users) Oct 30, 2022 at 12:03
  • Just trying to host it on the internet. Simply allowing people to access the website.
    – Maxfield
    Oct 30, 2022 at 16:05

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The Apache license requirements are on distribution of the software to others (Section 4), not on using the software or allowing anyone else to access it. Therefore if all you are doing is hosting the software on your1 server, you do not need to do anything.

1. Hosting software on a cloud server over which you have some kind of exclusive usage rights is generally thought not to be distribution - i.e. you can host the software on AWS/Azure/GCP without worrying about it. What you can't do is to give it to a customer for them to host on their server.

  • What about the License and copyright notice? (since sometimes we can see some site like "Power by Wordpress"; is this copyright notice? The untouched/original UI/font end doesn't show any Copyright information.) After we modify the UI or database, we don't need to "State changes" ?
    – Maxfield
    Oct 30, 2022 at 17:23
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    If you have more general questions about licenses and copyright law, you should ask a different question, although please review the questions on both this site and Law SE first. Oct 30, 2022 at 17:44

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