How it Works
When you start work on developing a specification, you should have the participants sign the appropriate Contributor License Agreement.
What You Give and What You and the Community Get Under the Agreement
You Give Everyone
- Copyright - a free license to use the copyrights in your contributions.
You and the Community are free to:
- Share - to copy and distribute the specification.
- Modify the Specification - to make new versions of the specification.
- Implement the Specification - in software.
Under the following conditions:
- Modify the Specification - If you make new versions of the specification you must include attribution to the original specification (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
- No Patent Rights - No patent rights are granted under this Copyright Contributor License Agreement. You may need to obtain patent rights from contributors or other third parties before you make, use, or sell implementations of those specifications.
- OWFa for Final Specifications - This CLA is intended to cover the development phase of specification development. The goal is to produce a “final” specification that will be released under the Open Web Foundation Agreement [link], which includes patent grants.
A Few More Notes
This explanation is not the actual agreement. It is simply a handy reference for understanding the Contributor License Agreement — it is a human-readable description of its purpose. Read the actual agreement.
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