Howso Incorporated (“Howso,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) uses various agreements to accept contributions of software code and documentation from individuals and corporations, and to accept larger grants of existing software products.
These agreements help us achieve our goal of providing reliable and long-lived software products through collaborative, open-source software development. In all cases, contributors retain full rights to use their original contributions for any other purpose outside of Howso, while providing Howso and its projects the right to distribute and build upon their work.
Contributor License Agreements
All contributors of ideas, code, or documentation to any Howso projects must complete, sign, and submit via email an Individual Contributor License Agreement (ICLA).
The purpose of this agreement is to clearly define the terms under which intellectual property has been contributed to Howso and thereby allow us to defend the project should there be a legal dispute regarding the software. An individual must have submitted a signed ICLA to Howso before we give them commit rights to any Howso project.
For a corporation that assigns employees to work on an Howso project, a Corporate CLA (CCLA) is available to cover contributing intellectual property via the corporation that may have been assigned as part of an employment agreement.
Note that a Corporate CLA does not remove the need for every developer to sign their own ICLA as an individual, which covers both contributions the corporation signing the CCLA owns, and those it does not own.
The CCLA legally binds the corporation, so a person with authority to enter into legal contracts on behalf of the corporation must sign it.
The ICLA an individual signs is not tied to any employer they may have, so we recommend that individuals use their personal email addresses in the contact details, rather than their @work addresses. Howso publishes the Display Name you include in the ICLA and not the Full Name you use to sign the contract. For example, if your full name is Christian Augusta Bishop Wiggins, but you wish to be known as Christian Wiggins, enter the latter as your Display Name.
We do not publish your postal address.
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.