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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: [QUESTION] Importing a project from GitHub
Date Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:53:09 GMT
I think your assumption is fairly reasonable. The iithmus test would be;
What if any contributions outside the sign-off ones, turn out to be not
"clean"? Is it reasonable to remove such patch and do a rewrite of that
section? If the answer is "yes, we can either re-write or remove that
without too much impediment", then I think that is a reasonable cut-off


On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:13 AM, Jan Lehnardt <> wrote:

> Dear Incubator,
> (if this isn’t the right list to ask this, please direct be to the correct
> place).
> The CouchDB community was approached by the lead developer of
> to have the project become apart of Apache
> CouchDB. The community has voiced some interest in pursuing this. There has
> not been a vote on this yet, though, this is just to clear any preliminary
> concerns.
> Is there a precedent for importing GitHub projects to the ASF?
> In particular, how do we handle the GitHub-usual main-dev-team + lots of
> drive-by-contrbutors without a clear copyright assignment step in place?
> While the lead developer and copyright holder as per the projects
> has made the most significant contributions (412 commits /
> 41,036++ / 39,540--), some of the other contributors have not-insignificant
> (double negative alert!) contributions (17 commits / 613++ / 53--, e.g.,
> see for details).
> As per ASF requirements, is the lead developer in a position to donate the
> project as a whole to the ASF?
> Which, if any, of the other contributors will have to co-sign the
> donation? Or put their contributions under an ICLA of their own? Or what
> other things need to be done?
> FWIW, the second most prolific contributor expressed interest in moving to
> the ASF with the project, all legalities covered. The rest are pretty much
> inactive at this point, or have only made insignificant contributions, that
> were clearly meant to be included in the main project.
> * * *
> My understanding is that getting the main contributors / active
> maintainers to do a software grant and/or ICLA will do the trick, as minor
> contributions that were meant to be included in the project (as per regular
> ASF contributions guidelines), don’t need the legal red tape.
> That said, where do we make the cut off for significant contributions? In
> the given project, my gut feeling says contributors #1 and #2 (
> will cover what we
> need, but I’d like to get confirmation on this before proceeding.
> Assume all the other bits (license, dependencies, community vote) would be
> sorted.
> Does the above sound reasonable or am I way off on any point?
> Thank you for your advice!
> Best
> Jan
> --

Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer - New Energy for Java

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