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Re: [trinity-devel] Contributor License Agreements

From: Slávek Banko <slavek.banko@...>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:53:06 +0200
On Thursday 16 of October 2014 19:16:32 Timothy Pearson wrote:
> All,
>
> 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
> possible.
>
> The agreements (and rationale) are available here:
> https://www.trinitydesktop.org/cla/
>
> Thank you for your consideration,
>
> Timothy Pearson
> Trinity Desktop Project
>

Some technical questions:

1) It would be useful to either pre-fill 'Us' or add instructions how it 
should be filled.

2) Remember that the contributors can be from all over the world, and it would 
be good to specify the fax number including international callsign -
ie: +1 (415) 639-6630.

3) If sending by email procedure should be what? Print, fill in 
informations 'You', be signed, scanned and sent as images?
It would be good instructions also add to the web page.

-- 
Slávek