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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [legal] ICLA paragraph 7
Date Fri, 12 Aug 2011 17:40:10 GMT
On Fri, Aug 12, 2011 at 12:53 PM, Michael Stahl <> wrote:
> hi Apache mentors,
> i've got a question as to what extent an ICLA from the copyright holder is
> required for code contributions.
> a volunteer who is currently working in GSoC over at LibreOffice (who has
> not signed an Apache ICLA) has given me permission to contribute a bunch of
> makefiles that he wrote, with no licensing restriction.

Can he simply post this as a patch on the mailing list?  Wouldn't that
be simpler, since he would be contributing his original work directly?

> now the ICLA contains this paragraph:
>> 7. Should You wish to submit work that is not Your original creation,
>>   You may submit it to the Foundation separately from any
>>   Contribution, identifying the complete details of its source and of
>>   any license or other restriction (including, but not limited to,
>>   related patents, trademarks, and license agreements) of which you
>>   are personally aware, and conspicuously marking the work as
>>   "Submitted on behalf of a third-party: [named here]".
> so it seems to me that an ICLA from the copyright holder is not an absolute
> requirement to contribute to Apache.
> is there any restriction in scope or otherwise for this paragraph?
> what exactly are the process requirements?
> my assumption is that the Committer must ask the potential contributor
> whether they actually hold the copyright.
> i guess "submit it separately" means that it must be its own SVN commit, not
> mixed with anything the Committer wrote him/herself.
> is it sufficient to put something like this into the SVN commit message:
> "Submitted on behalf of a third party: [author name]; no licensing
> restrictions"
> is it necessary to ask on the mailing list in every instance?
> in this case we are talking about ~30 new files, totalling ~2000 lines
> (of which ~1000 are the boilerplate licensing headers...).
> regards,
>  michael

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