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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: Clarification about SGA versus CCLA
Date Sat, 27 Nov 2010 02:20:15 GMT
On Sat, Nov 27, 2010 at 2:48 AM, Benson Margulies <> wrote:
> I can't find anything in [1] that states any conditions in which a
> CCLA won't do and an SGA is required instead.

CCLA has been seen as required for individuals, working at the
company, to protect them from the company coming after them saying
"Hey, what have you been doing?".

Software Grants are for the Foundation, where the Copyright owner
gives Apache a license to evolve the software further, a kind of
"check mark in time" where there is a 'fork' (with or without the
original discontinued) if you like. This is especially important if
the incoming software is not already under the Apache license. Even
for BSD style, the company could theoretically have patent claims on
the codebase, and decide to chase after later. The SGA will explicitly
prevent that.

Something like that....

> The Jena podling has asked me. Their situation is that an HP copyright
> is thought to cover all the 'corporate' code, and they wonder if there
> is any reason for them to chase an SGA on top of the CCLA that they
> will need anyhow.
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