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The cfengine 3 design and code is by Cfengine AS and all rights are
In order to offer commericial support of cfengine to customers it is
important for Cfengine AS to have an uncomplicated ownership of rights
to cfengine 3 code in future products. For that reason we will require
that substantial code contrbutions (contributions of sufficient size
to warrant copyright) be accompanied by a signed transfer of rights
form to cfengine AS.
Such a transfer will not take away any of your freedoms under the GNU
public licence, but will guarantee that community contributions can be
included in cfengine's commerical future, without the need to split
cfengine into multiple versions i.e. this allows cfengine AS to make
money on commerical versions of cfengine thus supporting future
in-house development.
Cfengine AS Contributor statement
The terms stated below apply to your contribution of computer code and other
material to software or projects owned or managed by Cfengine AS (“project”),
and set out the intellectual property rights in the contributed material you
transfer to Cfengine. If this contribution is on behalf of a company, “you” will
also mean the company you identify below.
1. "Material" and "contribution" shall mean any source code, object code, patch,
tool, sample, graphic, specification, manual, documentation, or any other
code or other material posted or submitted by you to the project or us.
2. Regarding any worldwide copyrights, or copyright applications and
registrations, in your contribution:
* You hereby assign to us joint ownership, and to the extent that such
assignment is or becomes invalid, ineffective or unenforceable, you hereby
grant to us a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide, no-charge,
royalty-free, unrestricted license to exercise all rights under those
copyrights. This includes, at our option, the right to sublicense these same
rights to third parties through multiple levels of sublicensees or other
licensing arrangements;
* You agree that each of us can do all things in relation to your contribution
as if each of us were the sole right holder, and if one of us makes a
derivative work of your contribution, the one who makes the derivative work
(or has it made) will be the sole owner of that derivative work, hereunder
make, have made, use, sell, offer to sell, import, and otherwise transfer
your contribution in whole or in part;
* You agree that neither of us has any duty to consult with, obtain the
consent of, pay or render an accounting to the other for any use or
distribution of the material.
3. If you own or may license any patent without payment to any third party, you
hereby grant us a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide,
no-charge, royalty-free license to use, transfer and otherwise control such
material, to the same extent as described above for copyright.
4. You keep all right, title, and interest in your contribution, exempted only
as stated above. The rights that you grant to us under these terms are
effective on the date you first submitted a contribution to us, even if your
submission took place before the date you sign these terms. Any contribution
we make available under any license will also be made available under a
suitable FSF (Free Software Foundation) or OSI (Open Source Initiative)
approved license.
5. With respect to your contribution, you represent that:
* it is an original work and that you can legally grant the rights set out in
these terms;
* it does not to the best of your knowledge violate any third party's
copyrights, trademarks, patents, or other intellectual property rights; and
* you are authorized to sign this contract on behalf of your company (if
identified below).
6. These terms will be governed by the laws of Norway.
Legal venue is Oslo, Norway.
If available, please list your cfengine.com username(s) and the name of the
project(s) (or project website(s)) for which you would like to contribute
Your username: Project name (or project website) and nature of contribution:
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Your contact information (Please print clearly):
Your name: _____________________________________________________________________
Your company's name (if relevant): _____________________________________________
Physical mail address: _________________________________________________________
Phone, fax and email address: __________________________________________________
Signature: _____________________________________________________________________
Date: __________________________________________________________________________
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