[llvm-dev] RFC #3: Improving license & patent issues in the LLVM community

Rafael Avila de Espindola via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Sat Apr 29 08:03:30 PDT 2017

Chris Lattner <clattner at llvm.org> writes:

> I don’t have a link off hand.  Two major points:
> 1) CLA’s in general require an additional approval step, which reduces contributions.

Yes, that is the cost I mention in the email. I think it is better to
take this cost than to impose a new license on the users.

> 2) The apache CLA in general gives too much power (e.g. the power to relicense arbitrarily going forward) to the organization (in this case, llvm.org <http://llvm.org/>) which can deter contributions from folks who don’t want relicensing to be a simple act.

But that is a property of only some CLAs, no? We don't need or want (I
hope) that property. We just want to make sure contributions can be used
without worrying about patents.


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