Based on feedback from you, other potential lifters, and our attorneys, I’ve drafted a revised lifter agreement. A few key changes:
- General simplification: there were some sections, like “how you identify yourself to Tidelift”, that were better dealt with simply by making it a feature of the software. So we’ve removed them. Similarly, we added links to external documents throughout where those would help clarify things, and made a few small wording tweaks.
- Termination: Both parties can now terminate on essentially the same terms, a common request.
- Subcontracting: We received many questions about this section, because people were concerned that it prohibited working with others (which would defeat the whole point of open source!) We’ve clarified, and made it explicit that you can work with others, including paid subcontractors.
- Arbitration: We had a lot of questions that boiled down to “if something goes wrong, will you sue me?” That was obviously never our intent, but it kept coming up. So we’ve added a mutual arbitration clause. This protects both you and Tidelift.
Attached are a new draft, and a redline. Please let us know if you have any questions!