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From "封仲淹(纪君祥)" <>
Subject Serveral legal question about donating project to Apache?
Date Wed, 17 Jun 2015 16:12:23 GMT


May I ask several question about donating projects to Apache?

Any help are appreciated. Thanks in advance.

As we all know, the Apache is the most important open source community,
there are so many great projects such as Tomcat, Hadoop, Hbase, Zookeeper
etc.  It is proud of joining these great projects. 

We also want to donate some of our good open source projects to ASF, but we
are a litter worry about the legal issue. I don’t know what’s the impact
of intelligent Properties after donation, Could anyone give me some
guideline or several documents ? Thanks


(1) Trademark

Will the project trademark belong to ASF or still be our company’s after
donation? Can we still use the old project trademark. 


(2) Patent

We have own several patent on these open source projects, if we donate these
project, what’s the patent going on. Does we give up all patent claim?


(3) Agreement

Which agreements should we sign? Right now, we need sign
<> Corporate CLA and
<> Software Grant Agreement
(SGA). Is there any other agreement should we sign?


(4) Who own the source code?

Does the code belong to ASF or still be our company?




Thanks in advance.



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