Never Sign A Contributor Licence Agreement

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1m Jun 10, 2021

A contributor license agreement is a very dangerous document that any contributor to an open source project could sign, these give the project maintainers far more rights of a project that otherwise would be afforded to them with the software license, some CLAs are better than otehrs but should be generally avoided.

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Apache CLA: https://www.apache.org/licenses/cla-corporate.txt
Audacity CLA: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/discussions/932
Developer Certificate Of Origin: https://developercertificate.org/
Don't Sign A CLA: https://drewdevault.com/2018/10/05/Dont-sign-a-CLA.html
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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
0:00 Introduction
0:55 How Licenses Normally Work
2:35 Not All CLAs Are The Same
3:13 How Does That Work?
5:31 The Problem
6:56 The Alternative
9:49 Outro

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