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Month: October 2014

Re: [trinity-devel] Contributor License Agreements

From: "Dr. Nikolaus Klepp" <office@...>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:01:21 +0200
Am Freitag, 17. Oktober 2014 schrieb Timothy Pearson:
> While I understand fully what you are saying, in all honesty I am not
> concerned about problems from contributors outside of the USA/UK.  I think
> most of the free world understands what contributing to open source means;
> it's just our two countries (and maybe one or two others, not sure) where
> people seem to want to have their cake and eat it too.
> This whole CLA thing kicked off many months ago because I have someone who
> lives in the USA and works for a USA-based engineering firm; basically in
> this situation the person's employer de facto owns all works created by
> the employee even in their off time unless the company explicitly releases
> those rights.  Previously we had no mechanism by which the employee could
> ask the company to do that, and therefore no way for that person to ever
> contribute to TDE; now we have a mechanism in place.
> Tim

I'd call this kind of contract slavery.

Anyway, I'd go for a shorter license agreement. Something in the kind of "I, the contributor, own all rights of my contribution. I hold the project harmless against any third-party claims" (don't know if that's the correct term, in german it's "schad und klaglos halten").

As far as my experience with lawyers goes, these kind of folk hate simple terms. Judges on the other hand love simple terms.


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