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From Ben Laurie <...@algroup.co.uk>
Subject Re: [Legal] Requirements for Committers
Date Tue, 14 Jun 2005 11:39:30 GMT
Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> On Jun 9, 2005, at 3:48 AM, Robin Garner wrote:
>>> 8) Employment Limitations
>>>     Are you employed as a programmer, systems analyst, or other
>>>     IT professional?  If so, you may be an commiter
>>>     only if your employer either:
>>>     a) signs a Corporate Contribution License Agreement with Apache
>>>        and lists you as a designated employee or
>>>     b) submits a written authorization for your participation in this
>>>        project and disclaims any copyright or confidentiality  interest
>>>        in your current or future contributions to this project.
>> To me, this is _way_ too restructive.
> It is very restrictive, and is a starting point for the discussion.
> This is a real problem, I think.  I believe that people don't  
> understand the restrictions they are working under, and the  
> ramifications of what can happen.
>> While this kind of statement
>> wouldn't be a problem for me currently, from time to time I've been
>> employeed by either a large company or the Australian Government,  
>> neither
>> of which have any legal rights to anything I do out of hours, but who
>> would have conniptions if asked to sign an agreement like this.   Simply
>> because the pointy haired bosses wouldn't understand what it was  about,
>> and would go into knee-jerk abnegation-of-responsibility mode.
> Well, what do we do?  I'm not sure we can punt here, but clearly we  
> want to make it so the broadest community can participate.

Clearly your requirements only apply if the contributor's employer has 
rights to their contribution. If the employer has no rights, then all 
the contributor need do is to state that.



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