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From "Cliff Schmidt" <>
Subject RE: contributions and CLAs
Date Thu, 06 May 2004 19:52:33 GMT
Sam Ruby wrote on Thursday, May 06, 2004 4:28 AM:

> Justin Mason wrote:
>> Hi incubator folks --
>> I'm one of the PMC and devs on the SpamAssassin project.
>> As we build up towards our first ASF release, we have a few
>> contributions from non-committers in our bugzilla that are ready to
>> be applied, once we know that the submitter's CLA status allows
>> that.  What is the correct procedure here? 
>> Should we ask the ASF for details regarding the contributor's CLA? Or
>> should we take an email/bugzilla assertion from the contributor that
>> the CLA has been sent, as enough? 
>> I'd tend towards the former, myself ;)
> CLAs are not required for each bug fix.  They are required for
> substantial contributors over a period of time, i.e., committers.
> The names on the following list that are in italics are the committers
> who have signed CLAs on file:
> The names that are *not* in italics have had their commit privs
> suspended pending receipt of a CLA.


In addition to Sam's comments I'd add:

I'm not sure if this is relevant to your case, but if a 
non-committer contributes a "significant" piece of code (where
"significant" hasn't really been defined, but most people know it
when they see it), it might be a good idea to get the contributor
to sign and fax in a Software Grant.  See the bottom section of  This is mostly used when a new 
project or subproject is started, but I think it only protects 
the ASF more when it is used.

It's also interesting to note that the current ASF license, 
"Apache License 2.0" (,
includes text (see paragraph 5) that basically says that any
time someone makes a contribution to Apache, they are implicitly
agreeing to license their contribution under the Apache License.
It's not completely clear to me how enforceable this is, especially
relative to a CLA or Software Grant, but it's in there.

Hope that helps.


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