how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?
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Sat Jul 7 10:41:29 UTC 2007
John Cowan wrote:
> It is, however, how patches are accepted and processed: patch authors,
> if the patch is substantial and is accepted into the original work,
> do meet the definition of joint authorship.
I don't believe they do, because the original work was not written with
the specific intention of integrating with that particular patch.
I believe that the second paragraph of the legislative commentary applies.
However, if you were right, that would fundamentally undermine copyleft
licences, as, a contributor could contribute a small but non-trivial
patch and then relicence the whole product under their proprietary licence.
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