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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [QUESTION] Importing a project from GitHub
Date Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:09:15 GMT
Apache Flex accepted FlexUnit from GitHub.  The GH community for FlexUnit
had managed its IP cleanly.  The contributors signed contributor
agreements giving the main contributors right to donate.


On 2/6/15, 7:31 AM, "Jan Lehnardt" <jan@apache.org> wrote:

>Dear legal-discuss,
>(if this isn’t the right list to ask this, please direct be to the
>correct place).
>The CouchDB community was approached by the lead developer of
>https://github.com/dscape/nano to have the project become apart of Apache
>CouchDB. The community has voiced some interest in pursuing this. There
>has not been a vote on this yet, though, this is just to clear any
>preliminary concerns.
>Is there a precedent for importing GitHub projects to the ASF?
>In particular, how do we handle the GitHub-usual main-dev-team + lots of
>drive-by-contrbutors without a clear copyright assignment step in place?
>While the lead developer and copyright holder as per the projects
>README.md has made the most significant contributions (412 commits /
>41,036++ / 39,540--), some of the other contributors have
>not-insignificant (double negative alert!) contributions (17 commits /
>613++ / 53--, e.g., see
>https://github.com/dscape/nano/graphs/contributors for details).
>As per ASF requirements, is the lead developer in a position to donate
>the project as a whole to the ASF?
>Which, if any, of the other contributors will have to co-sign the
>donation? Or put their contributions under an ICLA of their own? Or what
>other things need to be done?
>FWIW, the second most prolific contributor expressed interest in moving
>to the ASF with the project, all legalities covered. The rest are pretty
>much inactive at this point, or have only made insignificant
>contributions, that were clearly meant to be included in the main project.
>* * *
>My understanding is that getting the main contributors / active
>maintainers to do a software grant and/or ICLA will do the trick, as
>minor contributions that were meant to be included in the project (as per
>regular ASF contributions guidelines), don’t need the legal red tape.
>That said, where do we make the cut off for significant contributions? In
>the given project, my gut feeling says contributors #1 and #2
>(https://github.com/dscape/nano/graphs/contributors) will cover what we
>need, but I’d like to get confirmation on this before proceeding.
>Assume all the other bits (license, dependencies, community vote) would
>be sorted.
>Does the above sound reasonable or am I way off on any point?
>Thank you for your advice!
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