Category Archives: Intellectual Property

Specification Project Committer Agreements

We identified a hole in our committer agreement process that excluded individuals with a certain employment status from participating in Eclipse Foundation open source specification projects operating under the Eclipse Foundation Specification Process (EFSP). I’ll start by saying that you … Continue reading

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Eclipse Committer and Contributor Paperwork

The Eclipse Foundation has several agreements that we use to ensure that contributors understand the terms by which they make their contributions and, especially, to give them an opportunity to assert that they have the necessary rights to make those … Continue reading

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Eclipse IP Policy: Reviewing Third Party Content

I’ll start this discussion with some background… Under the original Eclipse Foundation Intellectual Property (IP) Policy, every bit of third party content needed to be thoroughly reviewed before it could be used by an Eclipse project. And the reviews were … Continue reading

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Update to the Eclipse IP Policy

Sharon Corbett drafted this message that the IP Team has been posting on some of our CQs. I’d like to share it more broadly. The Eclipse Board of Directors approved changes to the Eclipse Intellectual Property Policy on October 21, … Continue reading

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Eclipse Project Licenses

While it’s true that most Eclipse projects use the Eclipse Public License, many Eclipse open source projects use alternative licenses either alone or in combination. The chart below shows the relative use of various license schemes by Eclipse open source … Continue reading

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Revising the Eclipse IP Policy: Third Party Content

The Eclipse Foundation is in the process of making a major update to our Intellectual Property Policy. A big part of this update is a change in the way that we will manage third party content.  In the context of … Continue reading

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Eclipse IP Process: Service Releases of Third Party Content

The primary role of the Eclipse IP Team is to reduce the risks associated with adopting open source software. In broad terms, they ensure that the licenses on content are compatible, that provenance is clear, and that content otherwise unencumbered … Continue reading

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