how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?
matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Sun Jul 8 01:50:28 UTC 2007
David Woolley wrote:
> 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.
It would seem that any interpretation except a series of independent
(i.e. neither joint nor collective) derivative works would undermine
copyleft. If programs are collective works, the primary author can
relicense contributions (without explicit copyright assignment) to a
copyleft program under a proprietary license. If they are joint works,
any major contributor can do so.
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