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From Pierre-Luc Dion <>
Subject Re: ICLA for contributors
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:46:36 GMT
Hi Ron,

As far as I know, ICLA and CCLA is required for commiters, but not required
for non-commiters contributors. I don't know about all details, someone
else in the ML might have more details about this. For sure, you can be a
contributor without submitting code as a anyone in this ML is consider as a


On Thu, Jun 9, 2016 at 11:46 AM, Ron Wheeler <
> wrote:

> As part of a discussion during last weeks meeting in Mpntreal, the
> question was raised about the requirement to have an Individual Contributor
> License Agreement (ICLA) for each contributor.
> describes the requirements as follows:
> "The ASF desires that all contributors of ideas, code, or documentation to
> any Apache projects complete, sign, and submit (via fax or email) an
> Individual Contributor License Agreement (ICLA). The purpose of this
> agreement is to clearly define the terms under which intellectual property
> has been contributed to the ASF and thereby allow us to defend the project
> should there be a legal dispute regarding the software at some future time.
> A signed ICLA is required to be on file before an individual is given
> commit rights to an ASF project.
> For a corporation that has assigned employees to work on an Apache
> project, a Corporate CLA (CCLA) is available for contributing intellectual
> property via the corporation, that may have been assigned as part of an
> employment agreement. Note that a Corporate CLA does not remove the need
> for every developer to sign their own ICLA as an individual, to cover any
> of their contributions which are not owned by the corporation signing the
> CCLA."
> There is a split between desirable and mandatory.
> I am not sure that the argument that submitting a PR is a clear sign of
> intent to give up all rights, has ever been tested in a court but it is
> much easier to have an signed ICLA for each contributor.
> A CCLA for each company that is either paying people to work on the
> project or has a clause in their employment contract giving the company
> rights to all IP created during their employment is required. This removes
> any ambiguity about the individual's right to make a PR.
> It is a little bit of housekeeping to keep track of the list of
> contributors with ICLA's. A wiki page listing the contributors is a simple
> solution.
> is what we did at OFBiz.
> The ICLA and CCLA is good for all Apache projects.
> Ron
> --
> Ron Wheeler
> President
> Artifact Software Inc
> email:
> skype: ronaldmwheeler
> phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102

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