Several well-known open source projects, such as The Apache Software Foundation, Django Software Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, to name a few, require CLAs. In addition, individual contributors may be discouraged from accepting the terms of a CTC if they do not understand the legality or consequences of signing the agreement (online or offline) or other consent to its terms. In the absence of legal representation, individual contributors may perceive the CTC`s conditions as a constraint or unfairness. Business contributors may also be reluctant to accept a CTC or allow their employees to accept a CTC before obtaining permission from their legal counsel. However, other contributors prefer to remain anonymous, which may not be possible if a project requires a CTC. As a result, potential contributors are not able to make useful software contributions to the open source project out of fear, misunderstanding or inconvenience related to the signing of the CLA. We use Harmony CLA to protect your rights in any contribution you make to our open source projects. Learn more about how it works and what it means to you.
A City of Contributor (CLA) law licensing agreement defines the conditions under which the intellectual property of a company/project, usually open source licensed software, has been implemented. Most open source developers are not lawyers, and they shouldn`t have to contribute. If a project optimizes the developer`s experience in the hope of maximizing contributions, it would then be antithetical to require a contributor to hire an external consultant to properly assess what they accept or, in many cases, to receive the sign from their employer`s business advisor before it can contribute to a frustrating experience that can even carry the smallest contributions from minutes to weeks, provided that the developer finally gets approval for a result that is not guaranteed.