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From Dalibor Topic <robi...@kaffe.org>
Subject Re: [legal] Bulk contribution barrier to entry
Date Tue, 11 Oct 2005 12:26:01 GMT
Geir Magnusson Jr. wrote:
> We've now accepted three contributions so far, and I think we have a 
> small problem that isn't easy to solve.
> 
> The problem is that for a bulk contribution - something created 
> elsewhere and being contributed to harmony - we require that all 
> authors of that work are Authorized Contributors, meaning that they 
> hadn't been exposed to implementations of Java that weren't either 
> available under an open source license, or were owned by an entity 
> willing to give the author permission to work on other  implementations
> elsewhere.
> 
> See http://incubator.apache.org/harmony/
> bulk_contribution_checklist.html  Part III
> 
> This is a very high standard, one that helps ensure clean IP  provenance
> for our codebase.
> 
> However, I suspect it will be too high of a standard.  For example, 
> suppose the Kaffe project wanted to offer a copyright license to  their
> codebase to Harmony?  I bet it can't be done - we'd have to  chase down
> every contributor to the codebase and get the signed  agreement. 

It couldn't be done since there is no legal entity representing the
Kaffe project that could make such offers. :)

You'd have to track down the actual contributors, and get a signed
agreement.

cheers,
dalibor topic

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