[legal-discuss] Copyright statements in source

Rich Bowen rbowen at redhat.com
Wed Jan 22 14:28:16 UTC 2014

On 01/22/2014 06:27 AM, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> I'd suggest:
>    - We want to be able to distribute OpenStack under the Apache License
>      v2, so:
>       - All code to the project must be contributed under the ALv2
>       - We can incorporate BSD/MIT licensed code from other projects
>       - We can use LGPL, BSD, MIT, etc. licensed libraries; currently,
>         we're being conservative and not using GPL/AGPL libraries
>    - There is no need for contributors to grant the foundation a special
>      license.
>    - We copy the kernel's Signed-off-by/DCO method of having all
>      developers who contribute to a patch state they have the right to
>      contribute the patch under ALv2
>    - We consolidate all copyright notices into a single "copyright
>      multiple authors" notice above the ALv2 header, making it clear the
>      code is directly licensed by the authors under ALv2 without the
>      foundation acting as an intermediary
> This is just a strawman idea to draw some comments. What am I missing?
This sounds good to me. Major contributors should be encouraged to sign 
a CLA, to protect the Foundation, but smaller contributions (no idea 
where to draw the line here) don't seem to require that. (This is, 
anyways, how the ASF handles this.)

Rich Bowen - rbowen at redhat.com
OpenStack Community Liaison

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