LAS requires the acceptance of the LAS contributor license agreement (CLA) across all Lucee projects.
The CLA serves two critical functions:
- grants an unfettered license of contributions for use by LAS as the custodian of the code base
- checks and ensures the contributor is allowed to contribute the code in the first place
The LAS CLA is enforced through the GitHub Pull Request API; only PRs where all committers have digitally signed the CLA can be accepted.
Note, given the history of the code base it may be impossible to get the relevant intellectual copyrights on the entire code base. Nevertheless, we will put in place controls for the code base moving forward, and will reach out to early contributors to consolidate what rights we can.
CLA Updated 9 March 2017
The following clause has been removed:
We, as authoritative representatives of “The Association” (Lucee Association Switzerland) do solemnly swear and commit back to You that the “The Project” remains freely accessible under these terms. As “The Project” continues to remain under the control of Lucee Association Switzerland, “The Work” (Lucee Server) will always and forever remain publicly free and available in its entirety under the same terms as are described in the Limited GNU General Public License (GPL) v2.1. If, at which time, Lucee Association Switzerland no longer retains control, and the licensing model for “The Project” (Lucee Server) changes to another scheme other than the Limited GNU General Public License (GPL) v2.1, then an effort will be made, if possible, to hand “The Project” off to a third-party under the guidance of the Free Software Foundation.
All existing contributors will be requested to acknowledge and accept the change.
While the original clause was noble in its sentiment, it is impractical in practice. LAS now manages 50+ repos across a range of different open source licenses beyond LGPL v2.1, including MIT and Apache. The modified CLA can be applied universally and will allow LAS to redistribute any Lucee code base under a new open source license if such a change ever becomes relevant.
Note, Lucee Association Switzerland (LAS) is the not for profit custodian of the Lucee Server community. Our charter is the maintenance and development of a free and open Lucee Server platform. This CLA modification is intended to simplify the overall administration of Lucee projects, and nothing more.