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Project Harmony Takes Aim at Open Source Contribution Agreements

Aug 13, 2010, 14:36 (0 Talkback[s])
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"BOSTON -- Open source licenses help to define the terms and conditions of software use and redistribution. But what are the terms and condition under which developers actually contribute code? That's the realm of software contribution agreements.

"A new effort spearheaded by Amanda Brock, general counsel at Canonical, the lead sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, is trying to help solve the problem of contribution agreements. The effort is called Project Harmony, and it's a multi-stakeholder project that aims to help provide some clarity and uniformity to software contribution agreements.

""The goal is to create standardized inbound software contribution agreements," Brock said during a meeting here at LinuxCon. "By having a standardized document, that will take away an unnecessary burden from open source development.""

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