[legal-discuss] Licensing options for new project (Kolla) entering big tent

Radcliffe, Mark Mark.Radcliffe at dlapiper.com
Fri Jul 10 01:19:59 UTC 2015

If we can get all of the code under a CLA we are fine but existing projects (which are not under ASLv2)  would need to be carefully vetted. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeremy Stanley [mailto:fungi at yuggoth.org] 
Sent: Thursday, July 09, 2015 2:08 PM
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Subject: Re: [legal-discuss] Licensing options for new project (Kolla) entering big tent

On 2015-07-09 16:34:47 -0400 (-0400), Richard Fontana wrote:
> Or is the concern that a (say) GPL-licensed project might have had a 
> pre-OpenStack history including contributions from individuals or 
> entities that are not CLA signatories?

Perhaps a slight variation on this. One work can be a derivative of another copyleft-licensed work and (at least if the copylefted work's authors can't be found or don't all agree to dual-licensing/explicit exceptions) may be bound to the same license or some license whose terms are a superset of the inherited license.

We don't want to discourage people within our community from properly leveraging and extending existing free software whose provenance was not within our community. We create enough NIH/reinvented-wheel problems throughout the greater free software landscape as it is, and telling a team that they need to rewrite some base framework from scratch (because their work might be considered a derivative and therefore not Apache licensed) is just that.

[DISCLAIMER: I am most definitely not a lawyer!]
Jeremy Stanley

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