RFC: Properly stated origin of code contributions

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 13:04:26 UTC 2014

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 5:00 AM, Jan Stolarek <jan.stolarek at p.lodz.pl>

> Projects like Scala and Clojure require filling in a "Contributor
> [License] Agreement". I have not
> bothered to investigate the exact purpose.

In the absence of a license agreement, the contribution is usually owned by
the submitter and not the project (copyright, see Berne convention). This
doesn't scale very well. A signed CLA allows the project to demonstrate
that the submitter has agreed to transfer ownership of the contribution to
the project('s administrators).

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