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Codebase IP Clearance Status

CouchDB BigCouch Codebase Intellectual Property (IP) Clearance Status


Cloudant have built a clustered version of CouchDB and are donating it to the CouchDB project

This consists of several new modules and significant improvements and fixes to the core CouchDB code

Project info

  • The CouchDB PMC is responsible for this code/documentation.
  • It will be incorporated into a the CouchDB git repository for integration.
  • Officer or member managing donation: Robert Newson (

Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the codebase

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2013-05-07 The code is tagged at A zipfile is provided at Signature of zipfile (SHA-256): 3ef220ea217c3ba96a142fbb30e7ba13e511193fa4664bf5c4dcac79e6549389 Signature of zipfile (SHA-1): c033bbf01b79b4e4b27b4d6b5a6e603a14ab1713
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2013-06-07 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2013-06-13 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright. Headers have been updated at

Identify name recorded for software grant: the name of the grant as record in the grants.txt document so that the grant can be easily identified

Verify distribution rights

Corporations and individuals holding existing distribution rights:

  • For individuals, use the name as recorded on the committers page
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2013-06-23 Check that all active committers have a signed CLA on record.
2013-06-23 Remind active committers that they are responsible for ensuring that a Corporate CLA is recorded if such is required to authorize their contributions under their individual CLA.
2013-06-23 Check and make sure that for all items included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license, we have the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute.
2013-06-23 Check and make sure that all items depended upon by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Generally, the result of checking off these items will be a Software Grant, CLA, and Corporate CLA for ASF licensed code, which must have no dependencies upon items whose licenses that are incompatible with the Apache License.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

Related VOTEs:

  • The VOTE thread accepting the donation may happen either before or after IP clearance. Adoption by lazy concensus is acceptable but not recommended.