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Hi Greg, Dennis, Friedrich, all

thanks for pointing to this very topic.

So if I understand it right, the difference is a legal one with probably
minor consequences in code usage:

While with ICLA the contributer keeps the copyright on his own (and thus
needs personal legal assistance or an additional contract in case of
copyright infringement claims) the OCA / JCA allows the entity sharing
the copyright to behave as copyright owner in legal conflicts.

Both allow the entity to release the code under any license (or single
case authorization) they want to.

I don't want to discuss the possibility of positive or negative impacts
of single sided license changes in comparison to updateable "plus" licenses.

But is there a difference in licensing and code usage by third parties between OCA and ICLA (except the fact, that they can use Apache licensed code without being forced to negotiate with and probably pay fees to Oracle if they don't want to contribute back)?

Best regards


PS: Just one addition to a point below...

Greg Stein schrieb:
On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 21:17, Dennis E. Hamilton
<>  wrote:

With regard to copyright, the Apache ICLA is very much like the
license that the terms of use for the site assert
that you are providing in making contributions on the site (without
having entered into any OCA).[...]

While this is true for copyright of contributions not to be included in the product, re-usage of the contributions are different (copyleft license on the OOo site, permissive license at Apache) and inclusion of any contribution to the code of OOo was dependent on a signed JCA/OCA, as they have been rejected by Sun/Oracle even if they have been licensed under LGPL.

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