[Incubator] labs project assigning copyright

Tim Schaub tschaub at opengeo.org
Wed Jun 3 17:55:23 EDT 2009


Cameron Shorter wrote:
> Tim,
> I think Frank will need to put a motion forward to get this passed. Is 
> that right Frank? I'll have a positive response when that happens.
> Tim, one suggestion that I think that OSGeo projects should follow is 
> that they should store all contributor agreements electronically, in svn 
> or a wiki or similar. If you start this practice from the project 
> beginning, there should be next to no overhead, and it will make future 
> auditing much easier.

I agree.  I kept the mailing address on the Contributor Agreement, but 
if OSGeo would prefer *not* to get a paper copy, I can remove that.

I added instructions on sending a scanned copy to the GeoExt PSC and was 
planning on having those archived online.

Thanks for the response.  I look forward to hearing a decision.


> Tim Schaub wrote:
>> Hello-
>> GeoExt is project for building ExtJS based applications with 
>> OpenLayers functionality.  I read through the OSGeo Labs information 
>> and added the project to the list [1].
>> The GeoExt project steering committee would like to assign copyright 
>> for the GeoExt code base to OSGeo.  The Labs page suggests that this 
>> could be done by "Asking the incubation committee and doing it".
>> If that is an acceptable way getting approval for assigning copyright, 
>> please consider this an official request: can we please assign 
>> copyright for the GeoExt code base to OSGeo?
>> I have put together a Contributor Agreement [2] and will collect 
>> signatures from our contributors if this is acceptable.  The agreement 
>> is based on the GeoTools template.  Our code will be distributed with 
>> a BSD license.
>> Thank you for any answers you can provide.  For previous discussion on 
>> the subject, see the OSGeo-Discuss list [3].  Also, if anybody has any 
>> other suggestions on how this should be done, please let me know.  
>> We're hoping to do an initial release in the next week and would like 
>> to have this issue settled.
>> Thanks,
>> Tim
>> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_Labs
>> [2] http://www.geoext.org/trac/geoext/wiki/ContributorAgreement
>> [3] http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/discuss/2009-April/005221.html

Tim Schaub
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