Licensing Model: Joint Copyright Assignments

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at
Tue Apr 15 04:43:04 UTC 2003

> The key point is "negotiated value".  The copyright ownership 
> is the right to sue, and it has zero value to me as an 
> open-source developer, since I can't afford to sue anybody.  
> Therefore, it serves my interest to transfer it to anyone 
> willing to undertake the effort of policing the copyright.  
> Obviously, I want to transfer the copyright to someone I 
> trust not to abuse the license.

What do you mean by "policing the copyright?"  Who does that?

Of course you can assign your copyright, but why do it now before you
need to?  Who knows, perhaps you'll have more money than Sun when it
comes time to sue for infringement.  :-)  


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