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From Rob Vesse <>
Subject Re: Post mortem request for the handling of the Corinthia podling (was Re: FYI, I have subscribed to this list and to your private list)
Date Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:29:51 GMT
Just wanted to reply to one specific point:

On 15/01/2016 14:55, "Peter Kelly" <> wrote:

>I felt were unreasonable - the inability to accept pull requests from
>anyone without first asking them to sign a CLA

Who in particular told you this?  I occasionally see communities operating
under this misguided assumption and it frustrates me and I try and correct
it whenever I see this

The Apache License contains Clause 5 (Submission of Contributions) which
says the following:

"Unless You explicitly state otherwise, any Contribution intentionally
submitted for inclusion in the Work by You to the Licensor shall be under
the terms and conditions of this License, without any additional terms or
conditions. Notwithstanding the above, nothing herein shall supersede or
modify the terms of any separate license agreement you may have executed
with Licensor regarding such Contributions."

So basically anything anyone that intentionally submits something to your
project for inclusion (and it's pretty clear that a pull request is an
intentional submission) then it is fair game for inclusion in an Apache
Licensed project without the need for any separate agreement.

Now for large contributions (where large is arbitrarily defined by the
accepting community) there may be a desire to always get a CLA but it is a
fallacy to say that a ICLA is always required.

As a corollary if someone is making large contributions they should be a
candidate for committer and/or PMC status and if they were to be granted
committer status then the ASF requires they have a ICLA on file


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