Contributor License Agreements
roberta.cairney at cairneylawoffices.com
Mon May 14 19:07:53 UTC 2007
As a lawyer with a fair amount of open source
experience, I certainly agree.
Also, my clients have found that the Apache CLA is a
good place to start.
An effective CLA is one of the strongest safeguards
for protecting the integrity of OS projects, over the
--- DShofi at atmi.com wrote:
> I could not agree with you more, Chris. I would
> think that any open
> source project leader/maintainer would want to
> seriously consider adopting
> some sort of CLA or contributor assignment agreement
> to confirm that the
> project has the copyright rights necessary to
> distribute the open
> source/free software. The moderate level of
> administration does seem to
> be worth the time and effort.
> "Christopher D. Coppola" <chris.coppola at rsmart.com>
> 05/14/2007 02:24 PM
> Bruce Alspaugh <compulinkltd at gmail.com>
> License Discuss <license-discuss at opensource.org>
> Re: Contributor License Agreements
> I am part of several open source communities where
> we chose to use CLA's.
> I can affirm there is an administrative burden
> associated but I'll also
> say that we think it's worthwhile. Using CLA's has
> helped us establish a
> level of rigor around IP management in our
> communities that we've found to
> be very reassuring. Some side benefits we've found
> is that the
> process of acquiring CLA's, and the education that
> goes into it has
> produced communities that have a keen appreciation
> for the intellectual
> property aspects of our efforts.
> We chose a slight derivative of the Apache CLA.
> On May 14, 2007, at 7:54 AM, Bruce Alspaugh wrote:
> 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
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