[Python-Dev] Introducing Electronic Contributor Agreements

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Wed Mar 6 21:06:15 CET 2013

On 05/03/13 09:08, Brett Cannon wrote:

> Depends on your paranoia. If you're worried about accidentally lifting IP
> merely by reading someone's source code, then you wouldn't want to touch
> code without the CLA signed.
> Now I'm not that paranoid, but I'm still not about to commit someone's code
> now without the CLA signed to make sure we are legally covered for the
> patch. If someone chooses not to contribute because of the CLA that's fine,
> but since we have already told at least Anatoly that we won't accept
> patches from him until he signs the CLA I'm not going to start acting
> differently towards others. I view legally covering our ass by having
> someone fill in a form is worth the potential loss of some contribution in
> the grand scheme of things.

Pardon my ignorance, but how does a CLA protect us in the event of an IP


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