In which I observe that the Apache Software Foundation does not require Offering a patch file in this way does not entail signing the ICLA. The Apache License v2 (ALv2) is the best choice among But also don’t copy Apache’s ICLA/CCLA as that was not their intent when they. The Apache Software Foundation. Individual Contributor License Agreement (” Agreement”) V Thank you for your interest in .

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Here is my modest attempt at debunking some myths and clarifying a few things. Now if you have a bit of time, here is why I believe that CLAs are a good thing, although not every project actually needs it. We just need a clear intent by the author to contribute under our normal terms. The contribution stays iclw.

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Next, push the CLA on your project website, and ensure that every contribution that you get is from someone who signed it. Interesting projects attract contributions. If you are really worried about certification of origin, use the signed-off-by process using a Developer Certificate of Origin.

I do not hold the truth, if any, so feel free to comment below! Great I hear you say, so they pick up a license according to how much freedom they want to give to the recipients of their work. Pull Requests are maybe the world’s purest form of intentional submission to the Licensor of a Contribution for inclusion in the Work.

Evil maintainers with hidden agendas reveal themselves in how they deal with a community, not by requiring you to sign a CLA.

In Defense of Contributor License Agreements

But ALv2 gives you full permission in advance to do anything you choose with the code, almost as if you owned it. Note that these documents are both copyright and patent license agreements.

There are instances of Apache projects intaking code contributions via Pull Requests on their GitHub mirrors. It is implicitly and culturally implied that by doing so, one publishes changes under the same conditions as the original license.


Did the contributor reuse third-party works? In return, the Foundation ic,a not use Your Contributions in a way that is contrary to the public benefit or inconsistent with its nonprofit status and bylaws in effect at the time of the Contribution.

Pretty much every other open source community is happy to treat the act of contribution as sufficient representation of a right to contribute, but early ila the life of ASF discussion involving certain corporate participants led to the application of these CLAs to contributions.

For as much as I hate all forms of bureaucracy, I feel that CLAs are apacye mistaken by many fellow open source developers. Upon contribution acceptance, the resulting software published by the upstream project is icls in reality a joint-copyright effort.

They’re a detailed, technical request that the Licensor include a specific changeset in the Work. Some may sadly have died, too. You don’t need my analysis I’m not a lawyer. The Apache Software Foundation has an individual contributor license agreementwhich is very popular. So having any form of contributor agreement comes with a significant social cost. All the same, they convey rights as broad as a copyright assignment would do, except without the exclusivity that one would create. Notwithstanding the above, nothing herein shall supersede or modify the terms of any separate license agreement you may have executed ica Licensor regarding such Contributions.

This may sound funny at first, but this clause just lifts support duties from the contributor.

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And you and I should really let Apache speak for itself. Contributors explictly grant a license to the upstream project maintainers to use contributions. The obligation to seek permission in advance to contribute is sufficiently burdensome that the Linux kernel community devised a process to avoid it while still satisfying conservative corporate participants.

A CLA in practice It is not icoa hard as you think. But a company is not. You represent that Your Contribution submissions include complete details of any third-party license or other restriction including, but not limited to, related patents and trademarks of which you are personally aware and which are associated with any part of Your Contributions.


You may provide support for free, for a fee, or not at all. Suppose you are choosing iclaa piggyback your open source software community’s intellectual property practices on those of the Apache Software Foundation. Unless You explicitly state otherwise, any Contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the Work by You to the Licensor shall be under the terms and conditions of this License, without any additional terms or conditions.

This tooling lowers the barrier to entry for someone who isn’t a committer to fork your project, develop virtuous improvement kcla a feature branch, and offer this change, propose that it become part of the software icls, via awesome artifacts called “Merge Requests” or “Pull Requests”.

In certain jurisdictions, you could have to provide support for your work… even if it is opensource. Contributor license agreements are usually not a sign of evilness from the project maintainers.

The project license terms cannot be changed unless all contributors agree. It is a perfectly effective license to use for any open source project where the community has no expectation of contribution on the part of users of the code, as it conveys all the rights you need to work with the code independently of others.

Countless times, he received contribution proposals. They are merely contributors, expressing an intent to contribute something specific. Once upon a time, an individual, a group of individuals or a company decides to publish its work as an open source project. Indeed, most people aren’t committers, most people don’t become committers, and those who do become committers earn that rarified status by first contributing.

Grant of Patent License.