[TOS] Conference Call - Monday Sept 14 - 15:00 UTC
kwade at redhat.com
Mon Sep 14 22:55:33 UTC 2009
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 09:03:39AM +0100, Ross Gardler wrote:
Pardon me for snipping a bit; it all makes sense to me, but I have a
> For my part I don't care who owns the copyright in the collective
> works, but I need to be able to show our lawyers that the work is
> adequately protected under British law, that is I need to show that I
> have only licenced our contributions to the book and thus I can
> continue to use our work in any way I desire.
> Having it licenced by to us is not sufficient for our legal team. We
> need to retain copyright in our own materials and we need that to be
> represented in the legal documentation. This means we need contributor
> licence agreements as does any such project.
When you talk about a CLA, do you mean something like this?
My concern in these cases is usually where you want the project to be
able to scale. In such cases, I question your assertion, "... as does
any such project."
To an important degree, the CLA for Fedora has been a barrier to
entry. Many projects, such as the Linux kernel, don't have a CLA but
instead us a formal or informal contribution policy.
Myself, I don't really care in this case; as long as the same freedoms
are protected (and I'm confident you'll do that), then we are fine.
But if I have to sign a CLA as an @redhat.com person (I might), I'll
need to get it vetted by our lawyers. If I am agreeing to a clear
policy, I don't see a need to involve lawyers. If I am acting as an
individual, I will probably vet the document myself (as I do for any
online policies, etc.)
Thanks for clarifying. I'm not sure why a full CLA is needed for this
smaller project, not sure of the additional value, but really only
have the above ways this blocks some of us proceeding.
Karsten 'quaid' Wade, Community Gardener
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