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+.. _contributing:
+Contributing Source Code and Documentation
+For substantive contributions to its major projects, The Pylons Project
+requires the following of its contributors:
+- An assignment of half-ownership of submitted code or documentation for
+ substantive contributions to its official projects. We require the
+ assignment because we're interested in, eventually, giving the copyright to
+ the code to a foundation. Obtaining half-ownership of the code makes it
+ possible for us to do this credibly without chasing people for permission
+ to do so when that time comes.
+- Assurance that the contributor will not check in incompatibly-licensed
+ code.
+- Assurance that the contributor will not allow his submission credentials to
+ be used by a third party who may not agree to the constraints of a
+ contribution agreement.
+- Assurance that the submitted code does not infringe upon or violate the
+ rights of a third party.
+- Assurance that the contributor understands any licensing exceptions local
+ to the repository he is contributing to.
+"Signing" a contribution agreement is simple: just add your name and a date
+to the bottom of a "CONTRIBUTORS.txt" file found in the root of the Pylons
+project you'd like to contribute to. Optimally, this will be done when you
+submit code through GitHub (whether via a pull request from a separate
+repository fork, or by direct push if you have push access to the canonical
+project repository). Your intent to abide by the contributor agreement is
+signified by your commit to the "CONTRIBUTORS.txt" file with your name and a
+Examples of "substantive" contributions:
+- Submitting a new feature for review.
+- Submitting artwork.
+- Submitting a new chapter to documentation.
+For bugfixes and other minor contributions, signing the contributor file is
+usually not required. However, the reviewer of a particular submission is
+the arbiter of whether that submission requires the signing of the
+contributors file.
+A sample of the current contributor agreement is reproduced in full below.
+.. code-block:: rst
+ Pylons Project Contributor Agreement
+ ====================================
+ The submitter agrees by adding his or her name within the section below
+ named "Contributors" and submitting the resulting modified document to
+ the canonical shared repository location for this software project
+ (whether directly, as a user with "direct commit access", or via a "pull
+ request"), he or she is signing a contract electronically. The submitter
+ becomes a Contributor after a) he or she signs this document by adding
+ their name beneath the "Contributors" section below, and b) the resulting
+ document is accepted into the canonical version control repository.
+ Treatment of Account
+ ---------------------
+ Contributor will not allow anyone other than the Contributor to use his
+ or her username or source repository login to submit code to a Pylons
+ Project source repository. Should Contributor become aware of any such
+ use, Contributor will immediately by notifying Agendaless Consulting.
+ Notification must be performed by sending an email to
+ Until such notice is received, Contributor
+ will be presumed to have taken all actions made through Contributor's
+ account. If the Contributor has direct commit access, Agendaless
+ Consulting will have complete control and discretion over capabilities
+ assigned to Contributor's account, and may disable Contributor's account
+ for any reason at any time.
+ Legal Effect of Contribution
+ ----------------------------
+ Upon submitting a change or new work to a Pylons Project source
+ Repository (a "Contribution"), you agree to assign, and hereby do assign,
+ a one-half interest of all right, title and interest in and to copyright
+ and other intellectual property rights with respect to your new and
+ original portions of the Contribution to Agendaless Consulting. You and
+ Agendaless Consulting each agree that the other shall be free to exercise
+ any and all exclusive rights in and to the Contribution, without
+ accounting to one another, including without limitation, the right to
+ license the Contribution to others under the Repoze Public License. This
+ agreement shall run with title to the Contribution. Agendaless Consulting
+ does not convey to you any right, title or interest in or to the Program
+ or such portions of the Contribution that were taken from the
+ Program. Your transmission of a submission to the Pylons Project source
+ Repository and marks of identification concerning the Contribution itself
+ constitute your intent to contribute and your assignment of the work in
+ accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.
+ License Terms
+ -------------
+ Code committed to the Pylons Project source repository (Committed Code)
+ must be governed by the Repoze Public License
+ (, aka "the RPL") or another license
+ acceptable to Agendaless Consulting. Until Agendaless Consulting
+ declares in writing an acceptable license other than the RPL, only the
+ RPL shall be used. A list of exceptions is detailed within the
+ "Licensing Exceptions" section of this document, if one exists.
+ Representations, Warranty, and Indemnification
+ ----------------------------------------------
+ Contributor represents and warrants that the Committed Code does not
+ violate the rights of any person or entity, and that the Contributor has
+ legal authority to enter into this Agreement and legal authority over
+ Contributed Code. Further, Contributor indemnifies Agendaless Consulting
+ against violations.
+ Cryptography
+ ------------
+ Contributor understands that cryptographic code may be subject to
+ government regulations with which Agendaless Consulting and/or entities
+ using Committed Code must comply. Any code which contains any of the
+ items listed below must not be checked-in until Agendaless Consulting
+ staff has been notified and has approved such contribution in writing.
+ - Cryptographic capabilities or features
+ - Calls to cryptographic features
+ - User interface elements which provide context relating to cryptography
+ - Code which may, under casual inspection, appear to be cryptographic.
+ Notices
+ -------
+ Contributor confirms that any notices required will be included in any
+ Committed Code.
+ Licensing Exceptions
+ ====================
+ None
+ List of Contributors
+ ====================
+ The below-signed are contributors to a code repository that is part of
+ the project named "XXX". Each below-signed contributor has read,
+ understand and agrees to the terms above in the section within this
+ document entitled "Pylons Project Contributor Agreement" as of the date
+ beside his or her name.
+ Contributors
+ ------------
+ - Wile E. Coyote, 2010/11/08
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