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Re: Additional promise to the MCA



>>>>> "Henrik" == Henrik Ingo <henrik.ingo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

Henrik> On Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 5:34 PM, Michael Widenius <monty@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>> "Henrik" == Henrik Ingo <henrik.ingo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
Henrik> Hi all
Henrik> As Monty blogged some time ago
Henrik> http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2009/08/thoughts-about-dual-licensing-open.html
Henrik> ...we want to add a promise to our MariaDB contributors signing the
Henrik> MCA, that we will not use their contributions to restrict other
Henrik> licensees ability to contribute to Open Source.
Henrik> This text has now been approved by a lawyer. The question is, is it
Henrik> understandable?


Henrik> We got some feedback and 100% indicated it wasn't really understandable.

The same was more or less said of the new text... (See Larry's response)

Henrik> My current idea is to remove the "as a special note" part, but keep it
Henrik> as is until then. Ie legally this should be ok as it was approved by
Henrik> lawyer.

Henrik> The problem is that nobody understands what it is about. Here I was
Henrik> thinking we should write a non-legal introduction that explains why on
Henrik> earth we have this promise. It could also link to your blog, which
Henrik> should explain a lot. Then have the actual legal promise after the
Henrik> non-legal intro. I've seen for instance the Red Hat patent promise
Henrik> does this, and seems to work.

That sounds like a good idea.

Henrik> I then of course have not had time to write the intro. (I don't mind
Henrik> if someone else does it, as long as the legal text is as above, minus
Henrik> the last paragraph.)

I would however like to know what problems the lawyer had with my

Henrik> Last step is to link from MCA, and MCA FAQ, to the intro+promise,
Henrik> which should be one separate page.


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