How to make sure your code contributions can be included in the Ocean Protocol codebase.
Ocean Protocol Software Licensing
All Ocean Protocol code (software) is licensed under an Apache 2.0 license. This page describes the Ocean Protocol policy to ensure that all contributions to the Ocean Protocol code are also licensed under the Apache 2.0 license (and that the contributor has the right to license it as such).
You will be asked to include a Signed-off-by line in all your commit messages. (Instructions are given in the next step.) Make sure you understand that including a Signed-off-by line in your commits certifies that you can make the statements in the Developer Certificate of Origin. If you have questions about this, then please ask on Discord or elsewhere. Do not continue until you fully understand.
Make sure that all your commit messages include a Signed-off-by line of the form:
with your real name and your real email address. Sorry, no pseudonyms or anonymous contributions. Tip: You can tell Git to include a Signed-off-by line in a commit message by using git commit --signoff or git commit -s.
The Developer Certificate of Origin was developed by the Linux community and has since been adopted by other projects, including many under the Linux Foundation umbrella (e.g. Hyperledger Fabric). The process described above (with the Signed-off-by line in Git commits) is also based on the process used by the Linux community.
In the future, the Ocean Protocol Foundation will dissolve and the policy will probably change to work more like the Linux Kernel, where every contributor must include a Signed-off-by line in all Git commits.