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From Brian Minchau <minc...@ca.ibm.com>
Subject Fw: No ICLA for some authors in Sun's JAXP 1.3 donation
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2005 08:09:27 GMT
I'm the one who got this pot brewing about author recogniztion in Apache
code. It doesn't matter whether there are @author tags, or other forms of
author recognition in the code, that is really the same thing.

I'm trying to avoid a situation in the future where it looks like  the code
was contributed to Apache without due diligence being done by the PMC of
that project, because Apache will have code written by someone who never
signed an ICLA. At the face of it, this would look like the code got into
Apache without the author being aware of it, and perhaps not approving of

The signed CCLA (Corporate Contributor License Agreement) , in this case
signed by Sun for donating the JAXP 1.3 code, means that the company
approves the donation. As Geir has pointed out, this protects the
individual employees who are going to go through the mechanics of the
actual contribution on behalf of the company.

However any individual making a donation, even on behalf of a company that
has signed a CCLA, needs to sign an ICLA (Individual Contributor License

Signing an ICLA is a pre-requisite to being a committer, but one can sign
an ICLA, and contribute code without being a committer oneself. Being a
committer just means you have write access to the code base.

- Brian
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Brian Minchau
Apache Xalan PMC Member

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