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From Alex Harui <>
Subject Re: Software Grants for GitHub Projects...
Date Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:04:16 GMT

On 1/31/15, 9:09 AM, "Benson Margulies" <> wrote:

>On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 11:32 AM, Matt Franklin
><> wrote:
>> On Sat Jan 31 2015 at 11:22:15 AM Benson Margulies
>> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 10:55 AM, James Carman
>>> <> wrote:
>>> > Are there guidelines for these "usual considerations"?
>>>For all the small stuff, the safe path is to get an ICLA from each
>>> committer, and an email message positively stating an intent to donate
>>> the code.
>> Yes, this is the safest approach; but, may not be necessary for changes
>> that do not represent significant IP.  For instance, our projects accept
>> minor contributions through JIRA, without an ICLA.
>There's a critical distinction here. Once you have released a product
>under the Apache license, people can contribute new things to it under
>the terms of the license. The license has very specific language: if
>you take code from us, and then send us a contribution (email, JIRA,
>github PR, carrier pigeon) that is a derivative of what you took, you
>are granting the code to the Foundation.
>That doesn't help with the initial import of a project from github or
>bitbucket or Jupiter or Mars; none of those contributions met the
>criteria in the license of sending a contribution back to the
>Foundation, because the code wasn't here in the first place.

Just curious, what if the code was under AL but not at Apache?


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