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From Rob Vesse <rve...@dotnetrdf.org>
Subject Re: CLA Guidance
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2017 16:30:05 GMT
For large contributions, where large is some arbitrary measurement that may vary between project
communities, it is considered good practice to collect individual CLAs even if the contributors
are not committers. Strictly speaking this is unnecessary because the contribution clause
in the Apache license provides for the acceptance of contributions that are intentionally
offered. Submitting a patch, creating a pull request, offering the contribution via discussion
lists are all considered as intentional offers. However, having contributor agreements on
file provides a useful paper trail for the foundation should anyone ever object as to the
IP status of that contribution.

 

 As for whether corporate agreements are also necessary it Is generally a judgement call on
the part of the contributors. The main things to consider are was the work done on company
time and if so does your employment contract/Employment law in your Country assign copyright
and IP rights to your employer. If any of those things are true getting your company to sign
a corporate agreement on your behalf provides additional assurance to both you and the foundation
that you’re able to contribute the proposed contribution.

 

 Note that you may generally want to check with an employer and the legal department at your
employer before signing any contribution agreement, whether individual or corporate, to ensure
that doing so would not violate anything in your contract or present legal issues for your
employer e.g. loss of patent rights.

 

 If in doubt consult a real lawyer, most people on this list including myself are not lawyers

 

Rob

 

From: Duane Pauls <duane.pauls@gmail.com>
Reply-To: <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 15:56
To: <legal-discuss@apache.org>
Subject: CLA Guidance

 

Myself and a couple of colleagues are planning to contribute to an ActiveMQ subproject, as
described here:

http://activemq.2283324.n4.nabble.com/DISCUSS-Rework-NMS-AMQP-tp4721986.html

 

Since this is a considerable effort, it's been suggested in the thread above that those involved
should have a CLA on file, even though at the moment we are not committers.  Without committer
status, our methodology for contributing would be to make changes in our own workspaces, then
submit patches or pull requests to the community to commit.

 

Does it make sense for those involved with this project to submit CLA's?

 

If so, is there any guidance as to whether individual or corporate CLA's should be used? 
Or would it be that both individual and corporate CLA's are required?

 

Cheers,

Duane


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