Hi Jeffery, ... Wait, you re suggesting that people: 1.) provide un-licensed patches without copyright assignment and/or patent disclaimers 2.) or license them
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, Feb 21, 2006
On Wednesday 15 February 2006 8:10 pm, jeffreymcmanus wrote:
> Hey everybody,
> Following our release of the Yahoo! User Interface Library this week,
> some of you have asked whether it's possible to contribute patches,
> bug fixes, and new code back to the library. The answer is yes,
> absolutely, we'd love to see your contributions. Here are some
> 1) For now we can accept diff/patches you post to the list. It's
> probably best to prefix your email with the component name and
> version number in the subject line of your email (like "PATCH:
> floofuriaugh 0.9.0") so we catch it, and include the patch itself
> inline in the body of the email rather than as an attachment. If this
> process proves unmanageable in the future, we'll figure out a more
> expeditious way to handle contributions.
> 2) The code you contribute must be yours, meaning you wrote it or
> otherwise own it, or it must be licensed under an open-source license
> that is compatible with the BSD license. Ask if you're unsure as to
> what this means.
Wait, you're suggesting that people:
1.) provide un-licensed patches without copyright assignment and/or
2.) or license them without a strong assertion of provenance
Do your lawyers really condone redistribution of such an IP molotov
cocktail in a shipping commercial application? Surely posting code to a
mailing list and saying "I wrote it" can't be enough? The JS under
discussion *will* be re-distributed, which I'd imagine makes getting
these ducks all lined up that much more important.
I realize you're trying to keep things simple for a community that might
not be used to dealing with IP issues, but this seems like fatally bad
advice. At a minimum, shouldn't you be requiring some form of
contributors license agreement (e.g.: http://dojotoolkit.org/icla.txt)?
Alex Russell alex@... alex@... BE03 E88D EABB 2116 CC49 8259 CF78 E242 59C3 9723
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