[OpenAFS] On contributor agreements

Derrick Brashear shadow@gmail.com
Thu, 4 Sep 2008 17:31:48 -0400

OpenAFS has always has implicit agreements for code and documentation
contributions, namely, changes to existing items needed to be
compatible with the existing license (typically IPL v1.0, but for
certain components, BSD, APSL, or the Sun RPC license)

As we move to make OpenAFS exist as a legal entity, this process needs
to be formalized. One possibility would be to have a contributor
agreement, similar to existing agreements from other projects, which
at minimum any committer would need to sign. However there may be
benefit in having any member of the foundation sign the agreement as a
condition to membership (and thus making it easier to provide
resources to all members as the capability to do so is possible).

So, 2 questions for the community would be,
1) would you find a contributor agreement tenable (and what would make
it not tenable for either you or your employer)
2) would having all members of the foundation sign one as a condition
of membership (where "sign" may not necessarily involve paper or
physical copies, if that can be made to work) be an issue?