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One key advantage of this approach is the use of a secretary@osgeo.org email address providing an avenue for electronic contribution agreement submissions, rather than only snail mail.

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Discussion

Ben Caradoc-Davies:

This new agreement also appears to introduce a maintenance overhead in that corporate entities seem to have to designate authorised employees who are able to contribute. In my organisation, the exercise of this authority will have to occur at the same level as the initial agreement and may introduce a delay between a developer starting and being authorised to make contributions.

Furthermore, not all contributions from a corporation are by employees. My team includes developers employed by other entities under contracts that assign all intellectual property to my organisation, which then in turn assigns rights to OSGeo. I am not sure how this situation is accommodated by this agreement.

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