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Month: October 2014

Contributor License Agreements

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:16:32 -0500
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After much consideration I have decided it would be safest to require our
developers to formalize their open-source contributions with a CLA.

The CLA on the main TDE site does not transfer copyright or do anything
objectionable like Canonical's old CLA did; it simply formalizes the
long-standing intuitive agreement between open-source contributors and
open-source projects.  Specifically, contributors grant a license to use,
redistribute, modify, etc. the contributed work under our approved
open-source licenses (sadly this formalization is required even though
most people would think contributing to an open source project
automatically granted those rights!), waive any patent rights they may
otherwise hold for the contribution (some people contribute then sue for
high damages), etc.  Fairly standard stuff but in the increasingly
litigious environment of the United States the risks are just too high to
continue without a CLA.

I have not arrived at this decision lightly, but have tried to keep the
CLA as minimal as possible while protecting the project.  I don't believe
the CLA grants any further rights to the project than already intuitively
granted when people contribute to an open source project; if I am in error
please let me know ASAP!

Until I get feedback from the core team this is not mandatory for anyone
who has already contributed to the project.  Above all I do not want to
alienate the core development team without whom this project would not be

The agreements (and rationale) are available here:

Thank you for your consideration,

Timothy Pearson
Trinity Desktop Project
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