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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <>
Subject Re: IBM contributions
Date Thu, 18 Aug 2005 22:50:44 GMT

On Aug 18, 2005, at 6:54 PM, Aaron Mulder wrote:

> On Thu, 18 Aug 2005, Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
>> Just as a public note (a reminder for myself), we'll have to get
>> software grants for these.
>     When is it enough to have someone post an attachment and check the
> ASL license box and when is a software grant necessary?  Does it just
> depend on whether the poster is themself the copyright holder?

I don't think there's an absolutely clear rule for this.

For example, any "large" contribution should have a software grant.  
It's a painless process all around, and good for us and our users  
because we then have good tracking for anything that "came from  
elsewhere".  The problem is the question of what defines "large".  In  
Harmony, we're going to require *every* pre-written code that is  
being repurposed to have an SG because of IP concerns.  (Once we get  
it squared away, I want to discuss it here too, because we have many  
similar issues that I fear...)

For the issue you noted, yes, we certainly want to be sure that when  
someone isn't the copyright holder and donating code, that an SG is  
done as we then have a clear statement about the contribution.


Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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