RFC: Properly stated origin of code contributions

Stephen Paul Weber singpolyma at singpolyma.net
Thu Oct 30 17:13:57 UTC 2014

>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).

I wouldn't want a copyright-assignment system (since that allows the project 
to re-license when it wants, for example) but an inbound=outbound agreement 
(that is, an explicit agreement from contributors to have their 
contributions released under the license of the project) is not an 
unreasonable thing to do.

Stephen Paul Weber, @singpolyma
See <http://singpolyma.net> for how I prefer to be contacted
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