is the second of a series of three IP-related blogs. Yesterday I
discussed the process of moving Projects into the Catalog. Tomorrow
will be about the GPL Catalogue. And today some thoughts on the
As you know, there
are two Lotus Awards associated with OpenNTF – one for the Best
Open Source Contribution by an Individual, the other for the Best
Open Source Contribution by a Business Partner. See
I would like to
make a suggestion for those who are planning on submitting entries.
Do it early – or at
least run a draft by me well before the deadline.
of the conditions of the contest is that the application must be
ready to post into the OpenNTF Catalog. This means that the IP must
be demonstrably clean. So:
do need to ensure that all the authors are covered by an ICLA or
code that you get from elsewhere, such as from other open source
projects, is covered by a license that is compatible with the
overall license of your project.
may seem simple, but, as I mentioned in my last posting, we are
finding code that authors have forgotten they used, and which may or
may not have compatible licenses. So,
by submitting early, you can have your code checked out – and have
some time to fix any problems that we might find.
that I am not a lawyer, and do not work for a legal firm. The
OpenNTF vetting only checks if submissions conform to OpenNTF
standards – and should not be used as a guarantee of the absence of
possible third party IP claims.