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From Billie Rinaldi <>
Subject Re: Contributions from github pull requests and license grant
Date Tue, 15 Oct 2013 22:34:50 GMT
On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM, Christopher <> wrote:

> It is my understanding that:
> The status quo hasn't changed just because we've moved to git.
> Committers are still required to perform their due diligence to ensure
> that any patch applied has the proper assignment to the ASF. To be
> clear, the relevant issue is that patches applied via a pull request
> make it easier for committers to overlook that step (because git makes
> it so easy!), whereas patches attached to a JIRA are a little more
> clear, because by submitting code to JIRA on ASF's infrastructure, one
> can assume (unless otherwise stated) that it is owned by the ASF
> (although, technically, JIRA doesn't have any Terms of Service stating
> this when you sign up for an account... I just checked).

The licensing of a "Contribution" is explicitly discussed in the Apache
License.  So the licensing isn't assumed because it's ASF JIRA, it's
assumed because our code is licensed under the Apache License, and any
"Contribution" to it is therefore also Apache licensed.

Judging by how other projects are handling this, I am left to conclude that
a "Contribution" must consist of a patch itself, and not a reference to a
patch that exists outside of our infrastructure.  I have not yet found
explicit guidance about this.

> We should have something on our page page that describes a procedure
> for explicitly indicating the patch associated with a pull request is
> being assigned to the ASF. Perhaps we should just say, "pull requests
> are fine, but indicate the assignment explicitly on the ticket
> itself".
> --
> Christopher L Tubbs II
> On Tue, Oct 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM, Sean Busbey <> wrote:
> > I don't recall a discussion happening about granting license to the ASF
> > when the repo moved to git. Looking at the git workflow guide[1], I don't
> > see any mention of licensing.
> >
> > In other projects (e.g. Avro[2] and Hive[3]) assigning license to the ASF
> > is an important part of submitting a contribution. In those projects,
> > people are instructed to attach their patches to an open jira so that
> > license can be granted; pull requests from github generally aren't
> allowed.
> >
> > Do we have a stance as a project on this? I think those two projects
> > basically say that the grant is required by the Apache License itself.
> Are
> > there ASF rules that can provide guidance on this?
> >
> > -Sean
> >
> > [1]:
> > [2]:
> >
> > [3]:
> >
> >
> > --
> > Sean

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