Contributor agreements are agreements between an open source or open content project and contributors to the project that set out what the project can do with the respective contribution: code, translation, documentation, artwork, etc. The purpose of such agreements is to make the terms under which contributions are made explicit and thereby protect the project, the users of the project’s code or content, and often the contributors themselves. Contributor agreements provide confidence that the guardian of a project’s output has the necessary rights over all contributions to allow for distribution of the product under either any license or any license that is compliant with specific principles.
Contributor agreements provide confidence that the guardian of a project’s output has the necessary rights over all contributions to allow for distribution of the product under either any license or any license that is compliant with specific principles.
Contributor - "Contributor" means the individual or copyright owner submitting the Contribution. If the Contribution is on behalf of a company, the term "Contributor" shall also mean the company.
Contribution -"Contribution" shall mean any and all original work(s) of authorship, including but not limited to, any source code, object code, patch, tool, documentation, sample, graphic, specification, manual, and other material
Features of Contributor Agreement:
1.ASSIGNMENT - Contributor hereby assigns, transfers and conveys to the party an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free ownership, title and interest in and to the Contribution free of claims, including, but not limited to, copyrights, copyright applications, copyright registrations, if any, and all intellectual property and proprietary rights recognized anywhere in the world, now or in the future, associated with the Contribution.
2.LICENSE – In this project hereby licenses to Contributor a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use, modify and distribute the Contributions. This license is limited solely to the Contribution and does not provide any rights or licenses to any Products, Projects, documentation, or intellectual property.
3.CONTRIBUTION ACCEPTANCE - Contributor understands that the decision to include the Contribution in any product or source repository lies entirely with Project and nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to require Project to include the Contribution in any Products and/or Projects.
4.REPRESENTATION AND WARRANTIES - Contributor represents and warrants that the Contribution is Contributor's original work(s) of authorship and that Contributor is legally entitled to grant the rights and privileges set forth in this Agreement and is duly authorized to execute this Agreement on behalf of himself/herself or the copyright owner. Contributor represents and warrants that, to the best of Contributor's knowledge, the Contribution does not violate any third party's copyrights, trademarks, patents or other intellectual property rights and that no other person or entity has the right to claim any right related to the Contribution.
5.LIMITATION OF LIABILITY - Under no circumstance shall Project be liable to Contributor or any third party for any reason relating to this Agreement. Project shall have no liability for any incidental, consequential, special, exemplary and punitive damages, whether such claim is based on warranty, contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise. This limitation shall apply notwithstanding any failure of essential purpose of any limited remedy and to the fullest extent by law.
6.ENTIRE AGREEMENT - The entire agreement between Contributor and Project and shall supersede any prior agreements, whether written or oral, relating to the subject matter of this Agreement, and may be amended only by a writing signed by both parties.