Re: Candidates question: Contributor agreement
- From: Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org>
- To: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Candidates question: Contributor agreement
- Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 23:10:46 -0600
Given that we already have a policy on copyright assignments, I
wondered what is your position regarding contributor agreements?
Should the board do something with contributor agreements and if so,
what should be done?
Unless you know what
the contributor agreement or copyright assignment says, it's hard to
make a all encompassing statement on them.
That said, two things:
1) I think GNOME should continue its current policy of not having
copyright assignments or contributor agreements. I can see in some cases
where it might be beneficial for the GNOME Foundation to hold a
copyright to all GNOME code, but I think this is also bad for a number
of reasons. I think the current model is working well for us. I do not
think GNOME should accept projects that have an agreement mandated by a
3rd party and I think we have been successful at getting others to
2) I think if there are going to be copyright assignments and
contributor agreements, they should be as easy to understand and as
standard as possible. If companies want developers to sign an agreement,
I think every effort should be made to make sure developers understand
exactly what it means. So while I would not encourage anyone to put a
copyright/contributor agreement on their code (for moral and business
reasons!), I do think things like the SFLC's and Project Harmony's
efforts to create standards and templates is good.
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