Call for Comments
The OWF Legal Drafting Committee announces its publication of the draft OWF Copyright Contributor License Agreement ("Copyright CLA") for public comment. The public comment period will close May 6th. At that point, the Drafting Committee will consider and respond to all comments, and will refer a final version of the Copyright CLA to the OWF Board of Directors for final approval.
The Copyright CLA and FAQ are located at http://bit.ly/aHqb7H. To provide your comments to the FAQ and CLA, select the text you’re commenting on and click on the "add a comment" icon (looks like a small yellow post-it note) in the left hand column. We welcome your public feedback in that online forum.
Unlike the Open Web Foundation Agreement (“OWFa”), http://openwebfoundation.org/legal/, which applies to functional specifications after they reach a final state and are published, the Copyright CLA applies to copyrighted works you contribute to a specification while the specification is being developed. The Copyright CLA provides a license to your copyrights so that other contributors freely can include your contributions – and elaborate on them – in the community effort to develop the specification. It establishes terms and conditions for receiving and using written contributions to a functional specification. It also prepares the way for participants to sign the OWFa for the “final” specification.
This Copyright CLA will form the basis of a series of future CLAs. In particular, the OWF Legal Drafting Committee is now working on patent grants to be incorporated into the Copyright CLA to create a "Patent+Copyright CLA". Both CLAs are designed to lead to the same OWFa for final specifications.
If you wish to learn more about the work of the OWF Legal Drafting Committee or about the upcoming Patent+Copyright CLA, send email to either of the committee co-chairs listed below.
Lawrence Rosen (lro...@rosenlaw.com)
David Rudin (davi...@microsoft.com)
Open Web Foundation Legal Committee Co-Chairs
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