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PR: CollabNet Announces Creation Of "The Software Conservancy"

Feb 05, 2002, 13:00 (6 Talkback[s])

Nonprofit Organization to Hold Copyrights for Open Source Code

BRISBANE, CALIF - February 4, 2002 - CollabNet, the leading provider of collaborative software development solutions, today announced the formation of a new non-profit organization to support open source and free software - The Software Conservancy. The Software Conservancy has also received a donation of open source code from Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, (DrKW) the investment bank of Dresdner Bank AG, a member of the Allianz Group. DrKW has donated to the Conservancy the copyrights and related intellectual property (IP) rights for openadaptorTM, an enterprise-proven open source software toolkit that allows the rapid and simple integration of e-business systems.

This new nonprofit organization is built upon CollabNet's extensive experience in working with and establishing the most vital open source projects on the Internet today. The Software Conservancy holds the copyrights for the donated openadaptor code, and works to ensure that the code is, and remains, available to the general public under a single standard license. It will also accept future donations of copyrights to code, contributed to the openadaptor project, by Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, as well as by other organizations and individuals. The donated source code and the open source development project for the worldwide openadaptor community are hosted at www.openadaptor.org/.

The Software Conservancy will consider accepting and holding similar donations of source code rights from other corporations and individuals interested in making open source code (as defined by the Open Source Initiative) and free software (as defined by the Free Software Foundation) available to the public. The Software Conservancy may also provide other services, related to intellectual property and governance issues, relevant to public software development projects creating open source and free software.

"I'm pleased that Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein has chosen to make the openadaptor source code publicly available through The Software Conservancy, and thank DrKW and CollabNet for their support in creating this new organization," said Frank Hecker, president of The Software Conservancy and open source business consultant for CollabNet. "I look forward to The Software Conservancy receiving future donations of code from DrKW and others, and hope that it can be of service to other projects creating software for the benefit of everyone."

"Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein believes that the openadaptor software should be of benefit to anyone interested in the problems that it addresses," said Russ Goring, Deputy CIO, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. "By donating the openadaptor copyrights to The Software Conservancy we have sought to ensure that the openadaptor source code will always be publicly available for anyone to use freely, and that the openadaptor development project will be a cooperative effort among everyone interested in enhancing the capabilities of openadaptor."

The Software Conservancy is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of California. Its primary role is to serve as an independent, neutral organization to hold copyright to open source or free software source code and to fulfill related functions with respect to public software development projects creating such code. An individual or corporation might donate open source code to the Conservancy if they are not interested in acting as the copyright holder for that code. Similarly, an open source project might look to the Conservancy as a neutral third party that can provide a legal framework for developers to participate in the project.

About CollabNet
CollabNet provides companies with solutions for collaborative software development by combining a comprehensive Web-based environment and suite of consulting services. CollabNet develops collaborative networks that enable companies to share code within an enterprise, to give select customers and business partners access to code, or to open the code to the wider open source community. These solutions are designed for facilitating software development across globally disparate communities and enabling corporations to reduce costs and increase revenues. CollabNet is currently working with customers ranging from hardware and software providers to companies from industries such as finance, wireless, and pharmaceuticals. Brian Behlendorf, co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, established CollabNet in July 1999. For more information, see http://www.collab.net.

About Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW) is the marketing name for the investment bank of Dresdner Bank AG, a member of the Allianz Group. Headquartered in London, Frankfurt and New York, DrKW provides a wide range of investment bank products and services to European and international clients through its Global Investment Banking, Global Equities and Global Debt business lines.