Why is this agreement necessary?
We very much appreciate your wanting to contribute to InfluxData, but we need to add you to the contributors list first. In order for us to do that, you must first complete and submit an Individual Contributor License Agreement.
Note that the following agreement is not a transfer of copyright ownership, this simply is a license agreement for contributions. You also do not change your rights to use your own contributions for any other purpose. For some background on why contributor license agreements are necessary, you can read FAQs from many other open source projects:
- Django’s excellent CLA FAQ
- A well-written chapter from Karl Fogel’s Producing Open Source Software on CLAs
- The Wikipedia article on CLAs
This is part of the legal framework of the open-source ecosystem that adds some red tape, but protects both the contributor and the company / foundation behind the project. It also gives us the option to relicense the code with a more permissive license in the future.
If you have more questions, send us an email.
IMPORTANT: Note, that you may need to hold discussions with your employer before signing the Individual Contributor License Agreement, since your employer may have rights to the coding work you do, even outside of your employment. Your employer might even need to provide a Corporate CLA - determining that is your responsibility. Also, please make sure that you keep up-to-date with this requirement if you are changing employers.
Many thanks to the Apache Software Foundation for providing the inspiration for these agreements.
Individual Contributor License Agreement – V.05/02/2018
This Individual Contributor License Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into between InfluxData Inc., a Delaware corporation (“InfluxData,” “we” or “us” etc.) and you (as defined below). By submitting the Individual Contributor License Agreement form below, you hereby agree to the following terms for your present and future contributions submitted to InfluxData. Except for the license granted herein to InfluxData and recipients of software distributed by InfluxData, You reserve all right, title, and interest in and to Your Contributions.
Definitions. "You" (or "Your") shall mean the copyright owner or legal entity authorized by the copyright owner that is making this Agreement with InfluxData. For legal entities, the entity making a Contribution and all other entities that control, are controlled by, or are under common control with that entity are considered to be a single Contributor. For the purposes of this definition, "control" means (i) the power, direct or indirect, to cause the direction or management of such entity, whether by contract or otherwise, or (ii) ownership of fifty percent (50%) or more of the outstanding shares, or (iii) beneficial ownership of such entity. "Contribution" shall mean any original work of authorship, including any modifications or additions to an existing work, that is intentionally submitted by You to InfluxData for inclusion in, or documentation of, any of the products owned or managed by InfluxData (the "Work"). For the purposes of this definition, "submitted" means any form of electronic or written communication sent to InfluxData or its representatives, including but not limited to communication on electronic mailing lists, source code control systems, and issue tracking systems that are managed by, or on behalf of, InfluxData for the purpose of discussing and improving the Work, but excluding communication that is conspicuously marked or otherwise designated in writing by You as "Not a Contribution."
2. Grant of Copyright License.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You hereby grant to InfluxData and to recipients of software distributed by InfluxData a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable copyright license to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, and distribute Your Contributions and such derivative works.
3. Grant of Patent License.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You hereby grant to InfluxData and to recipients of software distributed by InfluxData a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable (except as stated in this section) patent license to make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell, import, and otherwise transfer the Work, where such license applies only to those patent claims licensable by You that are necessarily infringed by Your Contribution(s) alone or by combination of Your Contribution(s) with the Work to which such Contribution(s) was submitted. If any entity institutes patent litigation against You or any other entity (including a cross-claim or counterclaim in a lawsuit) alleging that your Contribution, or the Work to which you have contributed, constitutes direct or contributory patent infringement, then any patent licenses granted to that entity under this Agreement for that Contribution or Work shall terminate as of the date such litigation is filed.
You represent that you are legally entitled to grant the above license. If your employer(s) has rights to intellectual property that you create that includes your Contributions, you represent that you have received permission to make Contributions on behalf of that employer, that your employer has waived such rights for your Contributions to InfluxData, or that your employer has executed a separate Corporate CLA with InfluxData.
You represent that each of Your Contributions is Your original creation (see section 7 for submissions on behalf of others). You represent that Your Contribution submissions include complete details of any third-party license or other restriction (including, but not limited to, related patents and trademarks) of which you are personally aware and which are associated with any part of Your Contributions.
We may from time to time receive suggestions or feedback voluntarily provided by You about the Contribution (“Feedback”). By providing Feedback, You agree that We are free to use such Feedback for any and all purposes without obligation to You.
You are not expected to provide support for Your Contributions, except to the extent You desire to provide support. You may provide support for free, for a fee, or not at all. Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, You provide Your Contributions on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties or conditions of TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Should You wish to submit work that is not Your original creation, You may submit it to InfluxData separately from any Contribution, identifying the complete details of its source and of any license or other restriction (including, but not limited to, related patents, trademarks, and license agreements) of which you are personally aware, and conspicuously marking the work as "Submitted on behalf of a third-party: [named here]".
You agree to notify InfluxData of any facts or circumstances of which you become aware that would make these representations inaccurate in any respect.