Fiduciary License Agreement

Free software communities must take their rights seriously when they expect third parties to respect and respect their licenses. These include the organisation and structuring of these rights in a way that ensures the legal coherence of a project`s rights in the future. The FLA is a useful tool to support this task and FSFE should be commended for its efforts in the development of this agreement. However, local laws often have specific requirements that can pose a risk in the case of the use of general international agreements. Although the FLA is undoubtedly a good place to start, it is therefore advisable to consult a local legal expert before being applied. As of August 2011, Canonical requires that contributions be licensed under a harmonic contribution licensing agreement, not the copyright awarded to Canonical. [38] With the Harmony CLA, “the Canonical contributor gives the license to use their contributions. The contributor retains the copyright to the contribution, with full right to reuse, rebroadcast and subsequently modify the associated code, so that he can share this contribution with other projects. [6] Canonical launched Project Harmony “… Support organizations that use contribution agreements by providing standardized variable models with clear and concise explanations… [37] The Fiduciary Licensing Agreement (FLA) allows software projects to transfer and consolidate copyrights to a designated agent in order to effectively manage their copyright status by that agent. This allows developers to focus on creating great applications rather than taking care of legal management.

Although FSFE no longer accepts any new projects under the fiduciary program, we continue to offer customizable versions of the Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) for your use. This article is licensed Creative Commons UK (England and Wales) 2.0, no derivative work, attribution, CC-BY-ND. A CTC is designed to ensure that the custodian of the project results has the necessary ownership or the granting of rights to all contributions so that they can be distributed under the chosen license. In some cases, this means that the contributor cedes the copyright to all contributions to the project owner; in other cases, they grant an irrevocable license to allow the project manager to use the contribution. CLAs also play a role in raising awareness of IPR issues within a project. [3] On 1 February 2007, the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) published a new version of its Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA).