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Re: [trinity-devel] Contributor License Agreements

From: Slávek Banko <slavek.banko@...>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:16:55 +0200
On Friday 17 of October 2014 08:20:42 Timothy Pearson wrote:
> > 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.
>
> Good catch.  I had wanted to use the PDFs generated on the Harmony site to
> avoid any potential introduction of errors, but that doesn't appear to be
> an option.  I have *carefully* regenerated the PDFs from the Harmony
> templates and prefilled the "Us" fields, as well as added editable fields
> for the contributor section.
>
> > 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.
>
> Whoops!  I do business internationally and therefore religiously tack on
> the "+1" prefix; not sure how I managed to leave it off that page.
>
> > 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.
>
> As there is now fillable field support I think it is a bit more obvious
> what is intended?  Either way is fine, though if it's signed on paper then
> scanned there is no need for a digital signature and vice versa.
>
> I have also generated GPG digital signatures for the two PDFs on the site;
> these constitute my signing of the agreements the same way as if someone
> else had sent in a digital signature for a CLA via Email.
>
> I could use some help from David Rankin if he's on the list to make sure I
> have done this all correctly, but at least this is a good start.
>
> Thanks all for your input!
>
> Tim
>

Great, it looks good. Now I have yet to find a pdf viewer that support form 
fields, because usually I have installed only kpdf :)

-- 
Slávek