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Contributor License Agreement

The Legal Bits

Payara is an open source project, with the trademark and code owned by Payara Foundation - a United Kingdom based not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. As we are the custodians of the code, we have specific legal requirements concerning how we distribute code contributed to the project. Before any code contributed by our community is pulled into our repository we must have a signed Contributor License Agreement from any contributor. This can be downloaded from the main repository on GitHub and should be signed, scanned, and forwarded to As compensation for wading through the legalese, all contributors who send in a signed Contributor License Agreement receive a Payara goodie bag courtesy of Payara Services, the people that provide commercial support.

In addition as Payara Server is derived from GlassFish we must also comply with the upstream Oracle Common Development and Distribution license. This means if you modify an original Oracle source file you must add the following line just below the comment block of the modified file;

// Portions Copyright [2016] Payara Foundation and/or its affiliates

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The Contributor License Agreement ensures your contributions can be protected by the Foundation for the benefit of future open source users.

Join the Payara Community!

The Payara Foundation ensures Payara Server will always will be open source – we rely on being
open to the community’s contributions, ideas and feedback.

The Payara project is hosted on GitHub, where we make use of the Fork and Pull model. This means that if you want to make any changes, you'll need to fork the Payara project and make your changes in your own repository. You will then need to create a pull request back into the Payara project's master branch to merge your changes into the main project.

If you find a bug or have an idea for a new feature – raise it on GitHub issues!

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