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Codebase IP Clearance Status

CouchDB BigCouch Updates Intellectual Property (IP) Clearance Status


Cloudant have enhanced BigCouch and are donating those enhancements to the CouchDB project. Cloudant will switch active development to ASF infrastructure after this donation, we do not intend to remain outside of the normal ASF contribution workflow after this update.

This consists of several new erlang applications 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 the CouchDB git repositories.
  • Officer or member managing donation: Robert Newson (

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

Identify the codebase

date item
2014-07-17 The donation is stored at in the form of a series of patch files to be replayed against ASF git repositories. A GPG signature is stored at Signature of tarball (SHA-256): 703334acfd5facfb2150ce4366fe5a47b464d040c648064912de86468c157f23 Signature of tarball (SHA-1): 499b876918c2bd275dcdcdd173bacb814a535d76
date item
2014-07-26 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.
2014-07-17 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright. The series of patches includes patches to apply ASF copyright headers to all relevant files.

Identify name recorded for software grant: grant via Schedule B of Cloudant's updated CCLA;

Verify distribution rights

Corporations and individuals holding existing distribution rights: Cloudant, an IBM company

date item
2014-07-17 Check that all active committers have a signed CLA on record.
2014-07-17 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.
2014-07-17 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.
2014-07-17 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


  • IP clearance vote:
  • CouchDB PMC acceptance vote: