how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?

Rick Moen rick at
Sat Jul 7 09:46:46 UTC 2007

Quoting Matthew Flaschen (matthew.flaschen at

> I'm not sure joint and collective are the only two relevant possibilities.

Indeed, I'm quite certain that you're entirely correct about the limits
on your present understanding:  So, you could try reading relevant
statutes and caselaw, to fix that.  Meanwhile, argumentum ad ignorantum
isn't isn't especially useful in public forums.

> This is my citation on Apache's /view/ of copyright law.

It is, actually, your citation of a contract between contributors and
Apache Foundation, which not only necessarily has no effect on copyright
law (except in contributor's grant of a copyright licence in clause 2),
but also is notably useless for learning about copyright law, and in
particular for learning about "who can relicense".

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