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From Ross Gardler <rgard...@apache.org>
Subject Wookie IP clearance
Date Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:43:20 GMT
In the wookie proposal I recommended that the consortium agreement for
the donating project be examined to ensure that none of the other
institutions can lay claim to any IP in the code.

I now have a copy of the consortium agreement and can confirm that it says:

"The Parties agree to disseminate and distribute their products widely
and for free using OSI certified Open Source licenses and Creative
Common licenses. To avoid a conflict of interests between Open Source
and Proprietary Approaches any use of Pre-existing Know-How (know-how
and software), will be strictly done:

    * in good faith that it will not prevent the creation of a final
system which can work without being depending on the Pre-existing
Know-how and its licenses; or
    * to explore as a test case on how Pre-existing Know-how can be
integrated as an optional component."

The project team have confirmed verbally that no third parties outside
of this agreement have contributed to the code base, I am in the
process of confirming that no third parties inside the agreement have
contributed code.

In my opinion this is sufficient for the ASF to accept this
contribution (once (i)CLAs are in place). Speak up if you think
differently.

Ross

-- 
Ross Gardler

OSS Watch - supporting open source in education and research
http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk

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