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Re: [trinity-devel] Contributor License Agreements

From: Slávek Banko <slavek.banko@...>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:43:13 +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
>

Please, there are no further comments for CLA?
We therefore consider the current form for the final?

-- 
Slávek