Copyright Assignment

Preamble

This preamble describes how to become a contributor to an iMatix Corporation open source project. We ask you to sign the Copyright Assignment and License (CAL). The CAL unifies copyright ownership and resolves copyright claims up-front to ensure that the software enjoys legal certainty. This is important to let us enforce copyrights, to upgrade licenses, and to relicense the software. We consider this essential to a successful open source development.

The CAL gives iMatix Corporation ("iMatix") ownership of your contributions and grants you back the rights to use your contributions as you see fit. You only need to sign the CAL once in order to make multiple contributions to any iMatix open source project.

If you are employed as a programmer (even at a university), or have made an agreement with your employer or school that gives them ownership of the software you write, or use your employer's premises, equipment, or time to develop, then iMatix needs a signed letter from your employer disclaiming rights to the contributed software.

If you have signed the CAL and you change employment situation, you must provide us with a new letter from your new employer.

Parties

This Agreement is between iMatix Corporation bvba, registered address Rue des Ateliers 13-15, 1080 Brussels, Belgium, and you (the "Contributor") as detailed:

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What is your employment situation?

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Are you working on an employer's equipment?

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Are you working on an employer's time?

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Do you have an agreement between yourself and your employer regarding the rights to code developed off the employers' premises using your own code and equipment?

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Agreement

This non-confidential Copyright Assignment and License ("Agreement") applies to all source code and related material (the "Contribution"), intended to be compiled or integrated with the source code for any iMatix open source product, which Contributor has ever delivered, and iMatix has accepted.

iMatix and Contributor hereby agree as follows:

  1. Contributor assigns to iMatix its copyright in the Contribution, including any accompanying documentation files and supporting files as well as the source code, in all worldwide common law and statutory rights associated with the copyrights, copyright application, copyright registration and moral rights in the Contribution to the extent allowable under applicable local laws and copyright conventions.
  2. iMatix grants back to Contributor a non-exclusive, royalty-free and non-cancelable license to use the Contribution as Contributor sees fit, including for the creation of derivative works thereof. This license does not limit iMatix's rights and public rights acquired through this Agreement.
  3. iMatix has all the rights of a copyright owner in the assigned copyrights, subject only to the grant back license to Contributor defined in paragraph 2, including the right to enforce the copyrights, the right to license and distribute the Contribution, the right to create derivative works based on the Contribution, and the right to use, license and distribute said derivative works with the Contribution or as stand-alone modules.
  4. This Agreement supersedes all prior copyright assignments made by Contributor to iMatix for an iMatix open source project.
  5. Contributor will report, upon request of iMatix and to the extent actually known to Contributor, any outstanding rights or claims of rights of any person that might be adverse to the rights of Contributor or iMatix in the Contribution.
  6. The parties shall execute such documents and undertake such acts as may be requested by the other to implement the letter and spirit of this Agreement and any conveyance stated herein, subject to a limitation of reasonableness of such request with attention to cost and time burdens imposed thereby. The undertakings in this paragraph are without prejudice to the conveyances made through this Copyright Assignment. The intention of iMatix and Contributor is that this assignment document will be supplemented rarely, if at all, by other documents.
  7. Contributor hereby agrees that if it has or acquires hereafter any patent or interface copyright or other intellectual property interest dominating the Contribution, such dominating interest will not be used to undermine the effect of this Agreement. iMatix and the general public shall be and are licensed to use, in the Contribution, without royalty or limitation, the subject matter of the dominating interest. This license provision will be binding on the assignees of, or other successors to, the dominating interest, as well as on Contributor. This license grant shall be nonexclusive, royalty-free and non-cancelable.
  8. Contributor is not obliged to defend iMatix against any spurious claim of adverse ownership, but will cooperate with iMatix in defending against any such claim.
  9. Contributor warrants to iMatix that it is the sole copyright holder of the Contribution conveyed under this Agreement.
  10. EXCEPT AS SPECIFIED IN PARAGRAPH 8, CONTRIBUTOR MAKES NO OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, IN THIS DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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Instructions: please print, sign, and return a signed original of this assignment to: iMatix Corporation, Rue des Ateliers 13-15, 1080 Brussels, Belgium, or scan a signed original and email to moc.xitami|ksed#moc.xitami|ksed.

Download the CAL

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Signing-up

  1. Print, sign, and return the CAL to us;
  2. Fax your signed CAL to +32 2 414 8404, or scan and email to moc.xitaMi|ksed#moc.xitaMi|ksed;
  3. You will get a signed CAL back in the post.

How it works

  1. All contributors work on a branch; we merge contributions back onto the trunk over time. Submissions may be heavily edited, or discarded, there is no guarantee that your work will survive the attention of other contributors.
  2. Please pay particular attention to the quality of the code you contribute; document all files, methods, variables, and non-obvious sections of code. Undocumented code will probably be rejected.
  3. Regular contributors will get the right to make svn branches.