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Making Contributions to the Project

The use of the dual-license scheme is both open and beneficial for the development, access, distribution, and compatibility of technologies and standards. For contributions of technology from the open communities, it is necessary to use the identical mechanisms and terms already in use by the project. Specifically, the following two requirements regarding the terms under which such contributions are made must be met in order to allow a contribution to be accepted into the Project technology base.

1. Dual-License Usage
The contributing individual or organization should issue their contributions for inclusion within the project technology base using the dual-license mechanism of GPL/LGPL + SISSL, without modification to the license terms and conditions. Contributions that cannot be made available under this dual-licensing mechanism will be incompatible with the required open access to the technology, and thus cannot be incorporated into the technology base. Such dual-licensing practices are now common within the open source communities. Examples include technology projects such as Perl (Artistic + GPL) Mozilla™ (MPL + NPL), and various others.

2. Copyright Assignment
To enable Sun Microsystems to effectively provide license management, enforce legal compliance, and issue technology adequately to commercial licensees, all contributions being made for inclusion in the technology base must make a copyright assignment of the source code to Sun Microsystems, Inc. This follows the same principals as recommended by the Free Software Foundation regarding copyright assignment for contributions to the GNU Project. Copyright assignment is a common requirement within open source projects for legal indemnification management and for flexibility of second licensing.

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