Contributor License Agreements
lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Mon May 14 15:07:11 UTC 2007
The Academic Free License (AFL 3.0) can serve as a contributor agreement,
allowing you to re-release the software under a different license if
Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm (www.rosenlaw.com)
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Author of "Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and
Intellectual Property Law" (Prentice Hall 2004)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce Alspaugh [mailto:compulinkltd at gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 7:55 AM
> To: License Discuss
> Subject: Contributor License Agreements
> My company is considering releasing a software library under an
> open-source license. We are contemplating requiring contributors to
> return a signed Contributor License Agreement similar to the one used by
> Sun, Apache, and many others.
> The advantages we see with CLAs are to preserve the option of
> re-releasing under a different license, and to strengthen our ability to
> defend license violations if necessary. The disadvantages we see are
> the added administrative burden of maintaining them, and reluctance on
> the part of contributors to sign them.
> When are CLAs advisable for open source projects? Are there other CLA
> templates we should consider?
> Bruce Alspaugh, CTO
> CompuLink, Ltd.
> 409 Vandiver Drive #4-200
> Columbia, MO 65202-2213
>  http://www.netbeans.org/about/legal/ca.html
>  http://www.apache.org/licenses/
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