"We've just released our open source developer's agreement.
The OSDA allows companies or employees to negotiate into their
employment contracts the certainty of owning IP they develop under
clear guidelines. This will help all the people out there who
develop open source software but are afraid to release it, or more
likely, are afraid their boss will react and or ask for a cut of
the (non-existent) action. Get it on the main web site, or on
From the press release announcing the project:
"Most open source contributors are not fully aware of the legal
ramifications of contributing software to an open source license
without explicit permission from their employers; many employment
contracts currently contain clauses that could result in unexpected
legal action from an employer who believes that they 'own' the
"We saw a dire need to clarify this situation for our members,
and so we worked with a legal firm with experience in intellectual
property situations to compose the relevant clauses", said Luke
Mewburn, SAGE-AU's Vice President and project organiser."
"Without these clauses, many open source contributors might find
that their employer actually owns the rights to any code they
develop," said Geoff Halprin, SAGE committee member."
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