All contributors to LibreNMS retain copyright to their own code and are not required to sign over their rights to any other party.

Contributor Agreement

By contributing code to LibreNMS (whether by a GitHub pull request, or by any other means), you assert that:

To agree with these assertions, when you submit your first pull request you will be asked after submitting to sign the CLA, you do this by following the link provided in the PR and agreeing to the CLA using your GitHub account.

Local patches

Please note that the above contributor agreement means that if you have developed a feature for a non-GPL version of Observium, we can't include it in LibreNMS, even if you have not released it to the public. If there's a feature you use to which this applies, please document its functionality in an issue, and we'll do our best to include equivalent functionality in LibreNMS.

We recommend that if you add a new file containing original code to the code base that you include a copyright notice in it as per the Free Software Foundation's guidelines. You might find something like the following header appropriate (although this is not legal advice ;-). Please also ensure you add the package information to the header.

 * This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it
 * under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
 * Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your
 * option) any later version.  Please see LICENSE.txt at the top level of
 * the source code distribution for details.

 * @package    LibreNMS
 * @subpackage webui
 * @link
 * @copyright  2017 Internet Widgitz Pty Ltd <[email protected]>
 * @author     Me <[email protected]>

The GPLv3 itself also contains recommendations about applying the GPL to your code. Please see LICENSE.txt at the top of this source code distribution for details.

General Guidelines

Integrating other code

Giving credit where credit is due is critical to the Free Software philosophy. If you use code from somewhere else, even if it's trivial, be sure to note this as a comment in the code (preferably) or the commit message. Accurate attribution is crucial to our success as a Free Software project.

Because contributing to Observium requires that you reassign copyright to Adam Armstrong, if you want to release the same code for both Observium and LibreNMS, you need to release it for LibreNMS first and mark it with your own copyright notice, then release it to Observium and remove your copyright, granting Adam ownership.

Please note that the above is necessary even if you don't care about keeping the copyright to your code, because otherwise we could be accused of misappropriating Observium's code. As the code bases develop, we expect them to diverge, which means this will become less of an issue anyway.

We consider inclusion of files such as MIBs in the LibreNMS repository to be merely aggregation in a distribution medium as per the last paragraph of the GPLv3 section 5 ("Conveying Modified Source Versions"), and because they are not combined with LibreNMS to form a larger program, the GPLv3 does not apply to them. This is not a legal ruling - it is simply a statement of our intent and current interpretation.

Proposed workflow for submitting pull requests

Please see the new Using Git document which gives you step-by-step instructions on using git to submit a pull request.