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Contributor License Agreement Example

Adapted by © The Apache Software Foundation In addition, individual contributors may be discouraged from accepting the terms of a CTC if they do not understand the legality or consequences of signing the agreement (online or offline) or if they agree to other conditions. In the absence of legal representation, individual contributors may perceive the CTC`s conditions as a constraint or unfairness. Business contributors may also be reluctant to accept a CTC or allow their employees to accept a CTC before obtaining permission from their legal counsel. However, other contributors prefer to remain anonymous, which may not be possible if a project requires a CTC. As a result, potential contributors are not able to make useful software contributions to the open source project out of fear, misunderstanding or inconvenience related to the signing of the CLA. Patent licensing. Subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement, you grant the company and the recipients of software: which are distributed by the Company, heresafter, to render an indeterminate patent license, global, non-exclusive, free, free, irrevocable (except as stated in this section) make, use, offer, sell, import and otherwise transfer if such a license applies only to patent claims that you have licensed, which have necessarily been violated by your contributions alone or by the combination of your contributions with the work to which such a contribution (e) has been filed. When a company enters patent litigation against you or another organization (including a cross-claim or counter-action in a lawsuit) claiming that your contribution or the work to which you contributed constitutes a direct or contributory patent infringement, all patent licenses granted to the entity for that contribution or work under this agreement are terminated from the date on which such litigation is filed. As of August 2011, Canonical requires that contributions be licensed under a harmonic contribution licensing agreement, not the copyright awarded to Canonical. [38] With the Harmony CLA, “the Canonical contributor gives the license to use their contributions.

The contributor retains the copyright to the contribution, with full right to reuse, rebroadcast and subsequently modify the associated code, so that he can share this contribution with other projects. [6] You grant the Open Knowledge Foundation a permanent, non-exclusive, irrevocable, global, free, negotiable license (with the power to sublicensing) of all your relevant intellectual property rights (including copyright, patent and other rights) for all uses, including: use, copying, copying, making available to the public, distribution and publication of derivative works.

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