[WG-UMA] Fwd: [WG-InfoSharing] Agreement Selector (FOSS contrib agreements)

Eve Maler eve at xmlgrrl.com
Sat Jul 9 16:51:38 EDT 2011

Nice indeed. Maybe useful in building authz policy?


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> From: Judi Clark <coach at digitalIDcoach.com>
> Date: 9 July 2011 9:18:51 AM PDT
> To: wg-infosharing at kantarainitiative.org
> Subject: [WG-InfoSharing] Agreement Selector (FOSS contrib agreements)
> Love this agreement selector from Harmony:
> http://selector.harmonyagreements.org/
> Project Harmony is a community-centered group focused on contributor agreements for free and open source software (FOSS), launched in May 2010 by Amanda Brock, General Counsel for Canonical. As a group, we represent a diverse collection of perspectives, experiences, communities, projects, non-profit and for-profit entities. In that diversity, we share a common belief in the future of FOSS, and a common interest in using our skills (whether they're legal, organizational, editorial, technical, or otherwise) to the benefit of collaborative FOSS communities.
> Contribution agreements are one available tool out of many in an overall legal strategy for FOSS developers, the entities that distribute their work, and the users of their work. We hope that our work will enable more people to contribute code, by reducing the cognitive cost and legal time of reviewing contribution agreements. However, the fact that we're working to improve this one tool doesn't imply that we think it is a necessary part of all FOSS legal strategies. Many successful FOSS projects choose not to use contribution agreements, and we are hearty advocates of those projects, and of a broad variety of strong legal strategies built using a broad variety of tools.
> Contribution agreements in the FOSS world today may be loosely categorized into two styles: copyright license or copyright assignment. Project Harmony supports both styles of contribution agreements, recognizing them both as effective tools. We understand that if a project chooses to use contribution agreements, their particular needs may lead them to favor one style or the other.
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>  Judi Clark, Digital ID Coach          coach at digitalIDcoach.com
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