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From Itamar Syn-Hershko <>
Subject Re: Unecessary Paperwork
Date Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:43:03 GMT
Thanks Rob. Not a lawyer, thankfully, but always good to have a
knowledgeable person around.

We have actually voted Laimis in as a committer - being crazy busy myself
so left Prescott the honor of announcing that :)


Itamar Syn-Hershko | @synhershko <>
Freelance Developer & Consultant
Lucene.NET committer and PMC member

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:30 AM, Rob Vesse <> wrote:

> Itamar
> I notice you have been asking everyone to sign an ICLA before you'll
> accept any pull requests which is actually unnecessary.   ICLAs are only
> required for ASF committers ( -
> "A signed CLA is required to be on file before an individual is given
> commit rights to an ASF project."
> The Apache License has a clause that explicitly covers contributions
> ( so anything
> submitted through the formal channels to the project is a valid
> contribution unless the contributor explicitly states otherwise.  Of
> course a committer still has to merge and push the changes and the buck
> stops with the committer in terms of ensuring the IP of the contribution
> is clean.
> Of course ICLAs are still desirable particularly when people are making
> larger contributions but they should not block you from reviewing and
> accepting pull requests while you wait for one to be submitted
> (
> "The ASF desires that all contributors of ideas, code, or documentation to
> the Apache projects complete, sign, and submit (via postal mail, fax or
> email) an Individual Contributor License Agreement
> <>"
> The key word being "desires", unless someone has commit rights to the
> project they don't require an ICLA since the Apache License already covers
> their contributions.
> Btw if the PMC isn't already you should be thinking about offering some of
> these folks who have been contributing for a while now committer rights.
> Note that giving people committer rights does not prevent you from keeping
> the projects existing pull request, review then commit workflow.
> Regards,
> Rob

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