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From Richard Fontana <rfont...@redhat.com>
Subject Re: ICLA US Government
Date Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:34:53 GMT
I'm the last person to defend CLAs but it's not clear that your work is free of copyright outside
of the US.

----- Original Message -----
> Hi,
> 
> I was recently invited to be a committer for apache commons. Since I
> have made all my contributions as a government employee (and plan to
> continue to do so) I ran the ICLA by our legal department.
> 
> As far as I can tell, the fundamental issue is that my work, by itself,
> can not be licensed, because there is no copyright. This means that I
> can't agree to statements like "You represent that you are legally
> entitled to grant the above license."
> 
> After reading LEGAL-100 it seems that the ICLA's definition of "you" (as
> the copyright owner) excludes me or my employer since no one can own a
> copyright that does not exist.
> 
> Are these interpretations correct? Since everything I do is by law in
> the public domain, why I need an ICLA?
> 
> Best Regards,
> 
> Evan Ward
> Naval Research Laboratory
> (e) evan.ward@nrl.navy.mil
> 
> 
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