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From Gianugo Rabellino <>
Subject Re: [LAW] Quick Lesson in Copyright Law (was RE: copyright for docs [was: Re: [Bugs] URLSource])
Date Mon, 20 May 2002 15:37:37 GMT
Berin Loritsch wrote:
> Committers are aware of the implications of their work in the CVS
> meaning that they implicitly donated the code to the ASF.  That is
> part of the agreement they are forced to sign.

OK guys, you know I'm a lawyer so I'm getting picky in those things... :-)

While I sure do know in my soul how this is true, and it's my intention 
to donate all of my work to the ASF, it might be worth noticing that 
when I was proposed and accepted as a committer no one made me sign 
anything or even sent me a mail stating what were my obligations as a 
committer using CVS.

I don't know if this was an oversight in my case: if so then no problem 
at all, but if mine is a normal case then AFAIU (based on most european 
laws) there is no legal bound between committing code and automagically 
donate it to the ASF. If this what we want to achieve (and I certainly 
want it) then it might be the case of having some sort of procedure for 
new committers so that they know precisely what are their obligations in 
contributing to ASF codebases. Probably it would be enough to have a 
sentence like "by logging into your new account you explicitly accept 
the ASF rules found at the address" 
included in the email where the account data is sent to the new committer.

How about it?

Gianugo Rabellino

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