On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:47:43PM +1000, Tim Schaub wrote:
I'm interested making simpler the process of collecting maintaining
contributor agreements. Specifically in the case where a project wishes
to have contributors transfer copyright to OSGeo.
I recently had the pleasure of signing an agreement (copyright
assignment) digitally. I know the rules for what is acceptable probably
vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Does anybody know where a
digital signature suffices?
Currently, I think the process is that the PSC is responsible for
collecting agreements from contributors. The PSC then sends these
agreements to the OSGeo Secretary. The OSGeo Secretary maintains the
agreements. Not sure how this is working out.
I wonder if something simpler would be possible.
Sample copyright assignment form:
And the records:
Anybody know if this could be made legitimate? Would OSGeo be amenable
to having things work this way? Is this a pipe dream?
For the record, for CLAs, Google (in getting contributions to their
applications/source code) allows digital signing for ICLA contributions,
but requires a faxed document for CCLA contributions. I've followed
the same basic principle with OpenLayers; accepting emailed ICLA documents,
but preferring that CCLAs be mailed or faxed. I don't know if this is based
on anything particularly legal, but it seems to be a common thread in
most setups -- possibly just because if the copyright is owned by a
commercial entity, the risk is higher (Because they can actually afford
to sue you), so corporations take a more strict interpretation of their
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