Progress Update on IP @ Eclipse
As promised in my last post, today we are rolling out the new Eclipse Contributor Agreement (ECA). As I mentioned earlier, if you already have an active Eclipse CLA, you don’t have to do anything….your CLA remains active and you can convert to the new agreement when it expires after three years. That said, we think that the new agreement is clearer, and more consistent with the practices of the broader free and open source community.
In other news, last Wednesday the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors approved the new IP Policy that I discussed in late June. This means that by the end of this year, projects at the Eclipse Foundation will be able to pick the type of IP due diligence that they want. If you want to learn more, I strongly suggest that you read my previous post on the topic, and join in the conversation on bug 496959.
The Eclipse Foundation continues to enhance its policies and procedures to make it a better place for developers to host their projects. I hope everyone agrees that these are all steps in the right direction.