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From Benson Margulies <>
Subject Re: Query about patch submission by link
Date Sun, 03 Jul 2011 15:59:29 GMT
I just asked legal-discuss this very question. Since your JIRA is at
ASF, this should make it good to go.
On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM, Andy Seaborne
<> wrote:
> (mentors, mainly)
> Suppose a JIRA has patch but it's a link to a file on a non-ASF machine from
> someone who has not signed a xCLA.  The "Apache can use it" check box is
> checked.
> Can this be accepted as-is, or should/must the contents be placed on the
> The 2 issues I see are
> 1/ that the link does not provide a proper record of the contents of the
> file (the contents may change or disappear)
> 2/ it's not so clear the submitter has the rights to contribute (could be a
> link to someone's content; it's hard to verify the ownership of link
> content)
> When this happened to me, I asked the contributor to attach the patch, which
> they kindly did (more a question to driving JIRA), but to be prepared for
> next time, I wanted to check the situation.
> Unless there established practice, I'd not accept linked contributions
> because of 1 and 2 not leaving a trail in JIRA.  The only exception might be
> very large contributions - but if it's that large, then a software grant
> would be clearer anyway.
>        Andy

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