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OpenWhisk Composer Python Codebase Intellectual Property (IP) Clearance Status


Composer is a new programming model for composing cloud functions built on Apache OpenWhisk. The donated codebase consists of 2,300 lines of Python and 1,400 lines of READMEs and other documentation/text.

The donated code base was developed by IBM and was previously available at under the Apache 2 license. The donated code base has 2 contributors: Nick Mitchell and Lionel Villard. Both of them are IBM employees who have Apache CLAs already on file as noted below.

Project info

  • Which PMC will be responsible for the code: Apache OpenWhisk (Incubator)
  • Into which existing project/module: a new github repo: apache/incubator-openwhisk-composer-python
  • Officer or member managing donation: Bertrand Delacretaz

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

Identify the codebase

2018-11-26 Trademark and google search found no use of name as software product.

MD5 or SHA1 sum for donated software: 25c7d1826672d9c704d68c94bc73d3c1 (Microbrew md5sum/sha1sum/ripemd160sum 0.9.5 (Wed Dec 6 12:48:56 EST 2006)

Git commit SHA for donated software: 98f2e617105888c195734cfbf7ebaa0bb7f8df1f

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2018-11-26 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.
2018-11-26 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Still need to update Copyright from IBM to ASF in two files: ./src/openwhisk/ and ./src/conductor/

Identify name recorded for software grant: the name of the grant as recorded in the foundation/officers area, in either grants.txt or cclas.txt, so that the grant can be easily identified. If recorded in the grants.txt document, use the "for" or title. If recorded in the cclas.txt document, use the company name (field 2 without submitter name) and the "form on file" name (field 4, without any people's names).

Verify distribution rights

Corporations and individuals holding existing distribution rights: IBM

  • IBM - as explained above, a Software Grant is not required, all contributors have an iCLA on file.
  • Nick Mitchell (listed in
  • Lionel Villard (Apache ID: villard)
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2018-11-26 Check that all active committers have a signed CLA on record.
2018-11-26 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.
2018-11-26 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.
2018-11-26 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