Should Open Source Communities Avoid Contributor Agreements?
Aug 30, 2010, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)
"Contributor agreements that aggregate the copyrights of open
source code in favour of a single corporate sponsor are a sure sign
of a community where one member has more rights than the rest. And
equality is the key to success.
"A collaborative activity dubbed Project Harmony is now under
way between corporate and corporate-sponsored participants in the
free and open source software communities (not to be confused with
the Apache Java project of the same name). The project seeks to
harmonise the various participant and contributor agreements -
collectively termed "contributor agreements" by some - used by many
open source projects.
"The goal of the project's initiators is to reduce the legal
costs of analysing paperwork faced by companies contributing to
open source projects. Initiated and sponsored by Canonical,
meetings have already been held several times..."