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<title>FSFE presents modernised Fiduciary Licensing Agreement 2.0</title>
<h1>FSFE presents modernised Fiduciary Licensing Agreement 2.0</h1>
<p newsteaser="yes">The FSFE and proudly present
the revised and updated <a href="">Fiduciary Licence Agreement
2.0</a> (FLA-2.0) - a next-generation contributor agreement that makes sure
the contributed software always remains Free Software.</p>
<p>The FSFE acknowledges that the licensing of code has been well served
by Free Software licences such as the GPL, Apache, BSD, and MPL families.
However, managing rights and content within a project over long periods
of time is still a complex issue.</p>
<p>To fix this the FSFE with the help of <a href="">knowledgeable experts</a>
drafted the Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) as early as 2002. The FLA
is a well-balanced contributor agreement, which gives the trustee, responsible
for managing the rights within a Free Software project, power and
responsibility to make sure the contributed software always remains free
and open. This way the project, together with all the respective contributors,
are protected against any misuse of power by a new copyright holder.</p>
<p>The way this works under the FLA is that developers assign an exclusive
licence to the trustee (usually a foundation or company, under whose auspices
the software lies) and in return they receive a non-exclusive licence
of the same extent, as well as a legally binding promise that the code
they contributed will forever remain Free Software.</p>
<p>In the last decade, the world of IT has changed quite a bit and,
apart from copyright, patents and trade marks have become a serious concern
for Free Software projects.</p>
<p>With the last review in 2007, the FLA (version 1.2) was long due an
update. So we are delighted to finally unveil the FLA-2.0 a much improved
and modernised version.</p>
<p>The biggest improvements are that the FLA-2.0 now also covers patents
and enables more practical licensing options directed towards third
parties including referencing to an external licensing policy. In addition,
the new wording is much improved both in its compatibility with more
jurisdictions as well as being easier for everybody to understand and
<p>Furthermore, we have joined forces with <a href=""></a>
and integrated the FLA-2.0 into its Copyright Licensing Agreement (CLA)
chooser/generator, in order to make the use of the FLA easier both for
projects and for developers. As a side-effect, all CLA on
have been updated as well, following some of the improvements from the FLA.</p>
<p>As is often in FOSS and life, we are merely standing on
the shoulders of giants. The current update while itself taking several
industrious years of research and analysis, culminating in a master's thesis
would not have been possible without the authors of the original FLA,
as well as a great deal of legal research which was the basis for the The sheer community knowledge aggregated in
the FLA-2.0 makes me confident that it is more relevant and useful today
as ever before.</p>
<p>says Matija Šuklje, former FSFE's Legal Coordinator and the main
driving force behind the FLA update.</p>
<p>The revised FLA-2.0 is an outcome of a longstanding and
scrupulous collaboration between the FSFE and
We are pleased to see that collaboration to bear fruits in the shape of
the FLA-2.0. We hope that the new FLA will provide developers and Free
Software projects with more clarity, while retaining the spirit of the
original version.</p>
<p>says Polina Malaja, the FSFEs Legal Coordinator</p>
<p>We are thrilled to partner with FSFE and to see the new
FLA-2.0 go live hand in hand with a new version of our set of standardised
contributor agreements. FSFE's passion and especially Matija Šuklje's
dedication to modernising the FLA has enabled us to further revise and
refine our agreement chooser and we are especially delighted to offer
the new FLA-2.0 as one possible agreement to be chosen out different
options available at <a href=""></a>
<p>says Catharina Maracke, Team Lead at</p>
<p>KDE e.V. is the biggest user of the FLA and we are delighted
to see this new version released. As a global project we especially appreciate
the effort to make it applicable to more jurisdictions and easier to
understand for our contributors.</p>
<p>says Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE e.V.</p>
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