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From Alex Harui <>
Subject Re: Question related to IP Clearance and software grant
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:17:49 GMT

On 9/1/15, 7:16 AM, "Emmanuel Lécharny" <> wrote:

>Hi guys,
>is a code donation require a software grant signed from the employer of
>the people who wrote the code ? In other words, do we require that the
>employer explicitely allow the employees to work on some code ?
>M understanding is that it's required, and the employer must sign the
>grant and a CCLA (or add the employee names to an existing CCLA,
>extending it). Is that correct ?

IANAL, but IMO, there are three separate issues:

1) Who can sign the grant?  Some person or entity owns the code and
someone with authority from said entity must sign the grant.  Employees
rarely own code.  I have to go up about 3 levels of management to get a VP
who has sufficient authority to sign grants for my employer.

2) Who are the initial committers?  If there is any such requirement that
initial committers must be folks who wrote the code, then Flex was
certainly an exception.  Only a very small subset of folks who wrote the
code were on the initial committers list.  However, there was a sufficient
group of customers that volunteered to create a community around Flex.

3) How can employees contribute?  That’s up to the employee and employer,
but it is important to make sure you understand the rules.  There are
employers that own what you do no matter when you do it.


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