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The presentation will discuss the current status on standardized copyright terms for contributor agreements. It will begin with an overview (background/purpose) of contributor agreements and respective legal challenges. It will demonstrate case studies to highlight the significance of contributor agreements and discuss some arguments in favor and against standardization efforts in this field. Finally, the Harmony project (harmonyagreements.org) will be introduced as one potential option to provide standardized contributor agreements and to enable any person to generate her own standardized contributor agreement for free and open source software and open content projects. The presentation aims to be a starting point for a fruitful discussion on legal issues for standardized contributor agreements and is therefore set up to address developers, lawyers, business leaders (legal and policy).