Subject: Announcing OWFa and CLA 1.0
From: "Lawrence Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:50:14 -0700
Thu, 31 Mar 2011 09:50:14 -0700
[apologies in advance for cross-posting]

 

I'm sending this to OSI license-discuss@ to see if there is any interest in
having OSI review these agreements for compatibility with the OSD. /Larry

 

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The Board of Directors of the Open Web Foundation
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/>  has unanimously approved the
publication of the final version 1.0 of two Contributor License Agreements
(CLA) and two Final Specification Agreements (OWFa). The OWFa and CLA are
model agreements designed to be used by a wide range of communities and
organizations for specifying standard functionality for computer software,
whether open source or proprietary, regardless of the software license. To
date, OWF agreements have been used by Esri, Facebook, Google, Microsoft,
Yahoo! and others.

The OWFa and CLA grant copyright and patent rights for implementations of a
specification, ensuring that downstream consumers may freely implement and
reuse the licensed specification without seeking further permission. In
addition to the agreement itself, we also created an easy-to-read FAQ that
provides a high level overview of the agreements. 

 

Links to the OWF model agreements:

 

CLA 1.0 - Copyright
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/legal/the-owf-1-0-agreements/owf-contribut
or-license-agreement-1-0---copyright-and-patent> & Patent

OWFa 1.0 - Copyright
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/legal/the-owf-1-0-agreements/owfa-1-0> &
Patent

CLA 1.0 - Copyright-only
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/legal/the-owf-1-0-agreements/owf-contribut
or-license-agreement-1-0---copyright> 

OWFa 1.0 - Patent-only
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/legal/the-owf-1-0-agreements/owfa-1-0---pa
tent-only> 

 

To use the agreements with your own specifications, please see our FAQ:

 

FAQ for Contributors, Supporters, Implementers and Users of Open
Specifications
<http://www.openwebfoundation.org/faqs/open-web-foundation-cla-1-0-owfa-1-0-
faq> 

 

The Open Web Foundation is open to everyone without charge and we actively
solicit feedback and participation from the community at large, whether or
not you are Open Web Foundation members. Interested individuals are
encouraged to join the Open Web Foundation general discussion list to offer
input and support. 

 

We encourage public comments and suggestions.

 

/Larry Rosen on behalf of the OWF Legal Drafting Committee

 



[apologies in advance for cross-posting]

 

I'm sending this to OSI license-discuss@ to see if there is any interest in having OSI review these agreements for compatibility with the OSD. /Larry

 

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The Board of Directors of the Open Web Foundation has unanimously approved the publication of the final version 1.0 of two Contributor License Agreements (CLA) and two Final Specification Agreements (OWFa). The OWFa and CLA are model agreements designed to be used by a wide range of communities and organizations for specifying standard functionality for computer software, whether open source or proprietary, regardless of the software license. To date, OWF agreements have been used by Esri, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and others.

The OWFa and CLA grant copyright and patent rights for implementations of a specification, ensuring that downstream consumers may freely implement and reuse the licensed specification without seeking further permission. In addition to the agreement itself, we also created an easy-to-read FAQ that provides a high level overview of the agreements.

 

Links to the OWF model agreements:

 

CLA 1.0 - Copyright & Patent

OWFa 1.0 - Copyright & Patent

CLA 1.0 - Copyright-only

OWFa 1.0 - Patent-only

 

To use the agreements with your own specifications, please see our FAQ:

 

FAQ for Contributors, Supporters, Implementers and Users of Open Specifications

 

The Open Web Foundation is open to everyone without charge and we actively solicit feedback and participation from the community at large, whether or not you are Open Web Foundation members. Interested individuals are encouraged to join the Open Web Foundation general discussion list to offer input and support.

 

We encourage public comments and suggestions.

 

/Larry Rosen on behalf of the OWF Legal Drafting Committee