[Harmony-users] Single Copyright for an Open Source Project

Carl-Heinz Genzel carl-heinz.genzel at hs-bremen.de
Wed Jun 10 11:13:01 UTC 2015


my name is Carl-Heinz and I am currently trying to establish an Open
Source project.
In this regard, I am currently uncertain how to deal with additions and
changes of existing code by different contributors.
I want to avoid a long comment block in a code file listing all the
contributors, who might have made changes to this file, and their

Instead I like to add a copyright for the project in every file and list
the different contributors on a public project page
not mentioning every single change they did, but showing that they did
contribute to a certain part of the software.
On the opposite I have seen that the Apache Software Foundation states
something like the following instead of mentioning an explicit copyright:
"Licensed to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) under one or more
contributor license agreements"

I am not sure if I should use the project copyright or the approach of
the Apache Software Foundation and in which case a Harmony CLA or a CAA
would do the trick or if I am mistaken to use any of them.

I would appreciate your help on this to create a sound foundation for
the project and its contributors.

Best Regards,
Carl-Heinz Genzel


Carl-Heinz Genzel
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Rechnernetze / Informationssicherheit
Institut für Informatik und Automation
Hochschule Bremen / University of Applied Sciences
Flughafenallee 10, 28199 Bremen, Germany
tel.:  +49 421 5905 5442
mobil: +49 179 1636844
email: carl-heinz.genzel at hs-bremen.de

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