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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "AccumuloProposal" by BillieRinaldi
Date Fri, 02 Sep 2011 15:23:55 GMT
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The "AccumuloProposal" page has been changed by BillieRinaldi:
http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/AccumuloProposal?action=diff&rev1=1&rev2=2

  
  Accumulo has been developed by a mix of government employees and private companies under
government contract.  Material developed by government employees is in the public domain and
no U.S. copyright exists in works of the federal government.  For the contractor developed
material in the initial submission, the U.S. Government has sufficient authority per the ICLA
from the copyright owner to contribute the Accumulo code to the incubator.
  
- There has been some discussion regarding accepting contributions from US Government sources
on [https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-93 LEGAL-93]. We propose that the NSA will
sign an ICLA/CCLA if that document could be slightly modified to explicitly address copyright
in works of government employees. Specifically, we propose that the definition of “You”
be modified to include “the copyright owner, the owner of a Contribution not subject to
copyright, or legal entity authorized by the copyright owner that is making this Agreement.”
In addition, section 2, the copyright license grant be modified after “You hereby grant”
that either states “to the extent authorized by law” or “to the extent copyright exists
in the Contribution.”  These changes will permit US Government employee developed work to
be included.
+ There has been some discussion regarding accepting contributions from US Government sources
on https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-93 LEGAL-93. We propose that the NSA will sign
an ICLA/CCLA if that document could be slightly modified to explicitly address copyright in
works of government employees. Specifically, we propose that the definition of “You” be
modified to include “the copyright owner, the owner of a Contribution not subject to copyright,
or legal entity authorized by the copyright owner that is making this Agreement.” In addition,
section 2, the copyright license grant be modified after “You hereby grant” that either
states “to the extent authorized by law” or “to the extent copyright exists in the Contribution.”
 These changes will permit US Government employee developed work to be included.
  
  One proposed solution is to form a Collaborative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)
between the Apache Software Foundation and the US Government, but this will not solve the
underlying problem that U.S. law does not grant copyright to works of government employees.
 At this time a CRADA is not necessary but should it be determined that a CRADA is necessary,
we would like to work through that process during the incubation phase of Accumulo rather
than before acceptance as this may take time to enter into an agreement.
  

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