[Devel] Proposed contribution agreement, seeking feedback

David Sommerseth dazo at eurephia.org
Fri May 20 22:02:59 CEST 2016


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On 18/05/16 22:12, Quanah Gibson-Mount wrote:
> Attached is the proposed contribution agreement for contributing
> works to Zimbra.  Comments welcome.

I have quite recently had a contract reviewed by a US legal advisor,
which had a sentence very similar to what I see in this contributor
agreement:

    "You provide to us an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive,
     royalty-free, unlimited, worldwide, and unconditional license ..."

The US legal advisor I which reviewed my contract had the following to
say about "irrevocable and perpetual" commitments:

    "Perpetual and irrevocable licenses cannot be granted under US
     copyright law due to the termination right in the US."

That's something you probably need to verify.

I would probably suggest getting this first through a legal review at
Software Freedom Conservancy, FSF, or some similar organisation with a
legal capacity.  Most of the BSD/MIT are GPLv2 compatible, but there
are some exceptions.  IANAL, so it's hard for me to be more concrete.
 But one resource is the list of approved licenses in Fedora:
<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Licensing:Main?rd=Licensing>

But my general sentiment towards contributor agreements are also not
so much in favour of such agreements.  I personally avoid projects
with contributor agreements by default.


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kind regards,

David Sommerseth
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