contribution agreements for open source projects

Alex Russell alex at
Thu Sep 24 04:04:01 UTC 2009

On Sep 23, 2009, at 9:00 PM, John Cowan wrote:

> Jeffrey O'Neill scripsit:
>> Can anyone recommend a website that compares the contribution
>> agreements used by different projects?  I'd like to use one for my
>> project, but I'd like to consider the options so I can make an
>> informed choice.
> Unfortunately, few projects post them.


Nearly every Foundation that requires them that I've seen posts them.  
Apache, Eclipse, etc., etc.

> My personal view is that asking your contributors to license their
> stuff under the existing project license is plenty,

That's pretty cavalier.

> unless you are a
> mega-project and actually expect to fend off lawsuits.

...or if you expect any of your users to. Ever.


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