[Board] GeoTools and CLA's
cholmes at openplans.org
Thu May 17 14:43:48 PDT 2007
Ok, so I've taken up the task of presenting the GeoTools Contributor
License Agreement to the board.
The short story is that the GeoTools community wants to assign copyright
to OSGeo, but isn't quite happy with the existing contributor license
agreement. So Adrian Custer, a member of the GeoTools community, has
taken some time to look in to alternatives and present one to the board.
The basic steps that need to happen are outlined here:
Is the current version of an agreement that is acceptable to GeoTools
contributors. The hope is that it can be used by other projects wishing
to assign copyright as well. It is based on the Fiduciary License
Agreement made by FSF Europe. The advantages are
1) considers lots of different legal frameworks in which the document
2) doesn't use the nefarious "intellectual property rights." If you've
heard Stallman speak in the past four years, you can't sign a document
that uses those words.
3) Says nothing about OSGeo's responsibilities except that it will keep
it available under open source, and potentially other license terms as
well. The sentence that says that is also a bit confusing, since it
lumps the OS and other licenses in to the same thing.
Adrian is going to work on a concrete proposal for #3, as the one in
geotools now hasn't been fully changed for OSGeo. He should have it in
time for the meeting tomorrow, likely with some bits about PSC's power
in choosing licenses. There were a few other advantages that he can dig
up if needed, but for me personally those three are sufficient for us to
So the next steps from the board will be
1) review the modified FLA, and to give any push back on the terms
2) Have an OSGeo lawyer look it over and make in to precise legal
language anywhere we may lack it (since it's a bit cobbled together)
3) Run by incubation committee, hopefully it becomes part of the CLA
repository for projects
4) Have an OSGeo representative sign it, and then distribute copies to
the GeoTools contributors
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