Assigning copyright

Randy Kramer rhkramer at
Thu Feb 22 12:39:28 UTC 2001

I've saved almost all of the list since I subscribed, and would be
willing to send copies to someone somehow to add to an archive.  

A few things:

1.  I don't immediately know when I subscribed -- I have some old zips
on another computer -- I know they're there, I just have to find them.

2.  At times, I feared that my subscription was intermittent -- I would
go long periods (days, weeks) with no posts.  If that sounds like
incorrect behavior, perhaps you should not accept my offer, it may just
create a mess.

3.  If you want them, tell me how to package / send them -- I receive
email in Netscape 3.0x, file it in Netscape mail folders, and then zip
the folders when they get big.

Randy Kramer

Bjorn Andersson wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 21 2001, at 22:11:52 -0800, David Johnson wrote:
> > Since I can't locate the archives anywhere, could someone either point me to
> > them or offer a recap of a prior discussion?
> I have been looking for the archive myself, and asked for it on this
> mailing list, but no one responded. I set up an unofficial archive,
> most for my own use, on
> There is no guarantee that this archive will exist forever, be in
> the same location, or be publicly availabe. But as long as it works,
> you are welcome to use it.
> The first mail in the archive is dated 17 January 2001.
> A search engine for the list (and other archived lists) is at
> > Not too long ago we were discussiing assigning copyrights to a project. This
> > subject has since entered my reality and bit me on the rump :-) I'm not sure
> > if that discussion covered my questions, so I'll sum them up.
> I am interested in the subject myself, but have missed the
> thread. If you find it, could you please tell me which thread it
> is?
> > I now have in my possession a contributed piece of code with an emailed
> > agreement to assign the copyright to me (since there is no umbrella
> > organization to assign it to). The pragmatic part of me says that this is the
> > legally sensible thing to do, while the idealistic side says that it was
> > incredibly presumptious even to ask. Was this the legal/ethical thing to do?
> > And now that it's done, how does it actually get implemented? Do I refer to
> > the contributor/author as a contributor or an author? yada yada yada
> What examples are there of commercial companies that have asked
> contributors to assign them the copyright? TrollTech, (former) Cygnus
> Solutions? Are there examples of the agreements? How does the open
> source community relate to assigning the copyright to a company? Are
> there alternatives to giving away the copyright, such as licensing
> under a very liberate license to the company?
> Regards,
> Bjorn
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