Github CLA Agreement for project leaves me confused

I am on the project Off-Platform Project: Wedding RSVP under the Git and GitHub, part 2 section. This project has us fork and clone a simple wedding RSVP list, add our names to it, and then submit a pull request to the codecademy github page. After I submitted my update, it asked me to sign a CLA in order for it to go through. Is it just me or does this seem a little bit too much for adding my name to a list. It seems to be saying that anything I submit to them from here on out is owned by them and they will be able to do with as they please…Am I missing something? Is this normal for a gitHub pull request?

Thanks for any answers. The CLA is below.

Contribution License Agreement

This Contribution License Agreement (" Agreement ") is agreed to by the party signing below (“ You ”), and conveys certain license rights to Ryzac, Inc and its affiliates (“ RyzacInc ”) for Your contributions to RyzacInc open source projects. This Agreement is effective as of the latest signature date below.

1. Definitions

“Code” means the computer software code, whether in human-readable or machine-executable form, that is delivered by You to RyzacInc under this Agreement. “Project” means any of the projects owned or managed by RyzacInc in which software is offered under a license approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) (www.opensource.org) and documentation offered under an OSI or a Creative Commons license (About The Licenses - Creative Commons). “Submit” is the act of uploading, submitting, transmitting, or distributing code or other content to any Project, including but not limited to communication on electronic mailing lists, source code control systems, and issue tracking systems that are managed by, or on behalf of, the Project for the purpose of discussing and improving that Project, but excluding communication that is conspicuously marked or otherwise designated in writing by You as “Not a Submission.” “Submission” means the Code and any other copyrightable material Submitted by You, including any associated comments and documentation.

2. Your Submission

You must agree to the terms of this Agreement before making a Submission to any Project. This Agreement covers any and all Submissions that You, now or in the future (except as described in Section 4 below), Submit to any Project.

3. Originality of Work

You represent that each of Your Submissions is entirely Your original work. Should You wish to Submit materials that are not Your original work, You may Submit them separately to the Project if You (a) retain all copyright and license information that was in the materials as You received them, (b) in the description accompanying Your Submission, include the phrase “Submission containing materials of a third party:” followed by the names of the third party and any licenses or other restrictions of which You are aware, and (c) follow any other instructions in the Project’s written guidelines concerning Submissions.

4. Your Employer

References to “employer” in this Agreement include Your employer or anyone else for whom You are acting in making Your Submission, e.g. as a contractor, vendor, or agent. If Your Submission is made in the course of Your work for an employer or Your employer has intellectual property rights in Your Submission by contract or applicable law, You must secure permission from Your employer to make the Submission before signing this Agreement. In that case, the term “You” in this Agreement will refer to You and the employer collectively. If You change employers in the future and desire to Submit additional Submissions for the new employer, then You agree to sign a new Agreement and secure permission from the new employer before Submitting those Submissions.

5. Licenses

a. Copyright License

You grant RyzacInc, and those who receive the Submission directly or indirectly from RyzacInc, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license in the Submission to reproduce, prepare derivative works of, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute the Submission and such derivative works, and to sublicense any or all of the foregoing rights to third parties.

b. Patent License

You grant RyzacInc, and those who receive the Submission directly or indirectly from RyzacInc, a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable license under Your patent claims that are necessarily infringed by the Submission or the combination of the Submission with the Project to which it was Submitted to make, have made, use, offer to sell, sell and import or otherwise dispose of the Submission alone or with the Project.

c. Other Rights Reserved

Each party reserves all rights not expressly granted in this Agreement. No additional licenses or rights whatsoever (including, without limitation, any implied licenses) are granted by implication, exhaustion, estoppel or otherwise.

6. Representations and Warranties

You represent that You are legally entitled to grant the above licenses. You represent that each of Your Submissions is entirely Your original work (except as You may have disclosed under Section 3). You represent that You have secured permission from Your employer to make the Submission in cases where Your Submission is made in the course of Your work for Your employer or Your employer has intellectual property rights in Your Submission by contract or applicable law. If You are signing this Agreement on behalf of Your employer, You represent and warrant that You have the necessary authority to bind the listed employer to the obligations contained in this Agreement. You are not expected to provide support for Your Submission, unless You choose to do so. UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING, AND EXCEPT FOR THE WARRANTIES EXPRESSLY STATED IN SECTIONS 3, 4, AND 6, THE SUBMISSION PROVIDED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IS PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTY OF NONINFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

7. Notice to RyzacInc

You agree to notify RyzacInc in writing of any facts or circumstances of which You later become aware that would make Your representations in this Agreement inaccurate in any respect.

8. Information about Submissions

You agree that contributions to Projects and information about contributions may be maintained indefinitely and disclosed publicly, including Your name and other information that You submit with Your Submission.

9. Governing Law/Jurisdiction

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of New York, and the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the federal courts sitting in New York County, New York, unless no federal subject matter jurisdiction exists, in which case the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the New York County Supreme Court. The parties waive all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non-conveniens.

10. Entire Agreement/Assignment

This Agreement is the entire agreement between the parties, and supersedes any and all prior agreements, understandings or communications, written or oral, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement may be assigned by RyzacInc.

Ryzac, Inc. dedicates this Contribution License Agreement to the public domain according to the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (**http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.*0 ). CLA updated 2019.10.17.*

Yeah, it might seem a bit excessive, but agreements like this are increasingly common for larger projects or those which are backed by large organisations/foundations.

Kind of.

Let’s imagine that you’ve made several contributions to an up-and-coming open source library, which you subsequently find out has been used by BigCo, Inc in one of their products. BigCo, Inc have some reputational issues, and you don’t like them, so you attempt to undo your contributions to the project they’re now using.

The CLA serves to mitigate these scenarios, by formally setting out precisely how you agree to let the project use your contribution. If you don’t like the terms you don’t have to contribute, but the agreement would typically assign certain rights to the project / project owner which allows them to use what you’ve submitted on an ongoing basis.

It’s not unusual. Might seem a bit excessive for a PR which just adds your name to a list, but CLAs as a whole aren’t that weird. :slight_smile:

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