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Eclipse Contributor Agreement

Eclipse Contributor Agreement

Version 3.1.0   January 14, 2021

This is a reference copy of the terms of the Eclipse Contributor Agreement. To actually complete and submit an ECA, please go to the ECA form.

Thank you for your interest in one or more projects managed by the Foundation, Inc. and/or the Eclipse Foundation AISBL (collectively, "Eclipse"). In order for You (as defined below) to make intellectual property Contributions (as defined below) now or in the future to Eclipse projects, You must agree to this Eclipse Contributor Agreement ("ECA"). If You have any questions about this agreement, licensing, or anything related to intellectual property at Eclipse, please send an email to

Please read this ECA carefully before accepting its terms. By accepting the ECA, You are agreeing to be bound by its terms. If You want to accept this ECA, complete the form completely, print a copy for Your records, and when ready, press the “Accept” button at the end of this form.

As used in this ECA: (i) “You" (or "Your") shall mean the entity that is making this Agreement with Eclipse; (ii)"Contribution" shall mean any original work of authorship, including any modifications or additions to an existing work, that is submitted by You to Eclipse for inclusion in, or documentation of, any of the Eclipse projects; and (iii) “Submit” (or “Submitted”) means any form of communication sent to Eclipse (e.g. the content You post on electronic mailing lists, forums, content management systems, source code control systems, code review systems, issue tracking systems, etc. that are used by Eclipse).

This agreement applies to all Contributions You Submit.

This ECA, and the license(s) associated with the particular Eclipse projects You are contributing to, provides a license to Your Contributions to Eclipse and downstream consumers, but You still own Your Contributions, and except for the licenses provided for in this ECA, You reserve all right, title and interest in Your Contributions. In addition to the above, You grant a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license of all necessary rights under Your copyright in and to Your Contributions (the “Specification Grant”): (a) for Eclipse (and its contributors solely as a part of Eclipse projects) to create, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, distribute and sublicense specifications subject to the terms of the then-current Eclipse Foundation Specification License, based on or derived from the Specification Content (as defined below) and (b) for recipients of such specifications to create, reproduce, and distribute implementations thereof based on the portion of Your Contributions or material derived from them in the specifications, subject to the terms of the then-current Eclipse Foundation Specification License.

“Specification Content” is the collection of interface definitions for the application or user interfaces (“Interfaces”) provided by the work to which Your Contribution was made, descriptions of the structure and semantic behavior of those Interfaces, and data formats and protocols associated with those Interfaces, all of which as are reasonably necessary to enable the development of independent implementations of those Interfaces. For the sake of clarity, Specification Content does not include implementation detail of how the Eclipse project code or Your Contribution implements the Interfaces in the Specification and the Specification Grant provided above would not cover such additional material.

Eclipse requires that each Contribution You Submit now or in the future to comply with the following commitments documented in the Developer Certificate of Origin (DCO). To confirm that You have read and agreed to each, please click on the box beside each one.

  Developer Certificate of Origin
  Version 1.1

  Copyright (C) 2004, 2006 The Linux Foundation and its contributors.
  660 York Street, Suite 102,
  San Francisco, CA 94110 USA

  Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies of this 
  license document, but changing it is not allowed.

  Developer's Certificate of Origin 1.1

  By making a contribution to this project, I certify that:

    (a) The contribution was created in whole or in part by me and I 
        have the right to submit it under the open source license 
        indicated in the file; or
    (b) The contribution is based upon previous work that, to the best 
        of my knowledge, is covered under an appropriate open source 
        license and I have the right under that license to submit that 
        work with modifications, whether created in whole or in part 
        by me, under the same open source license (unless I am 
        permitted to submit under a different license), as indicated
        in the file; or

    (c) The contribution was provided directly to me by some other
        person who certified (a), (b) or (c) and I have not modified

    (d) I understand and agree that this project and the contribution 
        are public and that a record of the contribution (including all 
        personal information I submit with it, including my signoff) is 
        maintained indefinitely and may be redistributed consistent with 
        this project or the open source license(s) involved.

You will promptly notify Eclipse if You become aware of any facts or circumstances that would make these commitments inaccurate in any way. To do so, please send an email to

Eclipse takes intellectual property very seriously, so we are going to ask You to re­-confirm this ECA every three years.

You represent that the information provided below is accurate.

Related Links

To complete and submit a ECA, log into the Eclipse projects forge (you will need to create an account with the Eclipse Foundation if you have not already done so); click on "Eclipse Contributor Agreement"; and Complete the form. Be sure to use the same email address when you register for the account that you intend to use when you commit to Git.

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