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Linux-HA Contribution Disclaimer Letter

This is "VERSION 2" of sample letters disclaiming proprietary interest by company XYZ in the Linux-HA work done by FooBob. If FooBob's XYZ management knows how to GPG sign their emails, that would be ideal (though its not necessary). It is necessary for us to have a copy of such a letter on file for every non-trivial contributor to the project.

The main part of all these letters is:

  1. XYZ is aware FooBob is contributing code to Linux-HA

  2. XYZ consents to this contribution under the license terms of the project

If you want to add something which says "and it's OK for FooBob to claim copyright on this work", then more power to you but the project doesn't need that. I created one sample letter at the end which does this.

If your company has its own procedures for this kind of "release of intellectual property", then you'll probably have to follow those. That's how alanr got his contributions released from Lucent. They even released him from copyright ownership issues.

The main thing: Get a letter which states (1) and (2) above. Email is easier for me to deal with, but I can deal with paper if need be.


If you're doing this on company time, this is a good start...

To:    Alan Robertson <alanr@unix.sh>
From:  Foo Bob's management at XYZ company
Date:  Today

This letter is to certify that FooBob has XYZ company's permission to
contribute to the open source Linux-HA project, and that the XYZ company
consents to him or her to doing so under the license terms of the
Linux-HA project.


If you're doing this on your own time, then something like this might be appropriate.

To:    Alan Robertson <alanr@unix.sh>
From:  Foo Bob's management at XYZ company
Date:  Today

This letter is to notify you that we are aware that FooBob is
contributing to the open source Linux-HA project on his or her
own time and with his or her own resources.  Without prejudice
to any copyright or other claims between the XYZ company and
!FooBob, the XYZ company consents to FooBob contributing to
the Linux-HA project under the license terms of that project.


If you're doing this on your own time, and they're willing to sign it, this letter is also a good choice...

To:    Alan Robertson <alanr@unix.sh>
From:  Foo Bob's management at XYZ company
Date:  Today

This letter is to notify you that we are aware that !FooBob is
contributing to the Linux-HA project on his or her own time and
with his or her own resources, and that the XYZ company consents
him or her to doing so.  XYZ company  makes no copyright claims
on his or her open source contribution to Linux-HA created in
this fashion.