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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [legal] Bulk contribution barrier to entry
Date Tue, 11 Oct 2005 12:30:48 GMT

On Oct 11, 2005, at 8:26 AM, Dalibor Topic wrote:

> 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.

Exactly why I think that we need to consider alternatives.

geir

>
> cheers,
> dalibor topic
>
>

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Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437
geirm@apache.org



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