March 12-14, 2019 - Half Moon Bay, CA
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Wednesday, March 13 • 4:40pm - 5:10pm
Managing CLAs for Open Source Communities at Scale - Steve Winslow & Vasu Krishnappanaidu, The Linux Foundation

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Some open source project communities use Contributor License Agreements (CLAs) as part of their process to receive contributions. This talk will (emphatically!) not discuss whether projects should or should not use CLAs. Rather, for those projects that choose to use them, we will discuss the practical and logistical challenges that can arise as a result. We will discuss and demonstrate a new CLA automation tool developed by the Linux Foundation, with the goals of helping to ensure that CLAs are handled efficiently and transparently; that the purposes for having a CLA are not undermined through difficulties with their use in practice; and that organizations can easily manage the lists of their authorized contributors.


Vasu Krishnappanaidu

Director, Product, The Linux Foundation
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Steve Winslow

Director of Strategic Programs, The Linux Foundation
Steve Winslow is Director of Strategic Programs at The Linux Foundation. He runs The Linux Foundation’s license scanning and analysis service, advising projects about licenses identified in their source code and dependencies. Steve is also involved with projects including SPDX... Read More →

Wednesday March 13, 2019 4:40pm - 5:10pm