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From Greg Stein <gst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Sun/Oracle Contributor Agreements and Apache Project
Date Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:51:28 GMT
On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 18:40, Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@openoffice.org> wrote:
> Like most volunteers at OpenOffice.org I signed a contributor agreement
> years ago. Actually, many of the committers listed in the proposal
> signed one of:
> http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/jca.pdf Joint Copyright Assignment
> http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/sca.pdf Sun Contributor Agreement
> http://www.openoffice.org/licenses/oca.pdf Oracle Contributor Agreement
>
> All the three versions, enforced in different periods of time, grant
> Oracle (joint) ownership of the contributions committed to the
> "OpenOffice.org project" and cannot be revoked, in the sense that they
> apply to any future contributions too.
>
> It's unclear to me whether this would have implications on the proposed
> Apache project. Is there some official continuity in place that
> transfers validity of these agreements to the Apache project too (i.e.,
> my future contributions to the Apache project will still be co-owned by
> Oracle, since by continuity the Apache project is still to be considered
> the "OpenOffice.org project")? Or this legacy does not exist and all
> agreements in place will become void? I know about the iCLA policy, but
> here I'm just interested in the pre-existing agreements with Sun/Oracle.

My understanding is that we would be classified as a different
"project", under the agreements' definitions of "project". Thus, only
the Apache ICLA should hold true. You will be committing to
svn.apache.org rather than *.openoffice.org.

Cheers,
-g

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