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Vanilla Forums Contributor Agreement discussion

edited March 2010 in Feedback
While taking a glance at the Vanilla Forums Contributor Agreement http://vanillaforums.org/contributors , I wanted to open it up for discussion to the community for comments and ideas on improvement. Some of the agreement seems counter productive and degrading

for example
"you hereby assign to us joint ownership" and it goes on to state, "you agree that each of us can do all things in relation to your contribution as if each of us were the sole owners"

"With respect to any patents you own, or that you can license without payment to any third party, you hereby grant to us a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, no-charge, royalty-free license to:

* make, have made, use, sell, offer to sell, import, and otherwise transfer your contribution in whole or in part, alone or in combination with or included in any product, work or materials arising out of the project to which your contribution was submitted, and" .. " you agree that we may register a copyright in your contribution and exercise all ownership rights associated with it"

so even if my contribution is meant to be free and public, lets say gpl, im granting ownership to vanilla and they have the right to re-license the product under a proprietary license because they now have joint ownership??

thats not fair at all. Surely the proprietary portion, the taking ownership to re licensing cant be popular. even with the promise to provide a osi fsf version.


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    This is only if your making contributions to the core of garden and vanilla. This generally includes people making bug fixes and maybe minor feature improvements. If you are writing a plugin or application this does not affect you. You can license it however you like.
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    ahh great, that makes more sense. thanks @garymardell
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