contribution agreements for open source projects

Mitchell Baker mitchell at
Wed Sep 23 17:13:26 UTC 2009

On 9/23/09 9:04 PM, Alex Russell wrote:
> 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.
Last I looked closely at Apache, it did NOT require assignment of 
copyright.  It was a bit confusing because even some Apache folks would 
describe things this way, but they actually got a license.  Has this 

Mozilla does not require this, Linux doesn't, and I thought Apache didn't.

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