Ian Lance Taylor
ian at airs.com
Thu Oct 24 18:00:17 UTC 2002
"Ken Brown" <kenbrown at erols.com> writes:
> Lets deal with this one at a time. My first question is this-who does the
> code belong to once it is GPL'ed? What entity, person, group, troll,
> whoever owns the code?
It belongs to the copyright holder.
I've written free software myself. I own the copyright on that
software, and the files are so labelled. I've put the software under
the GPL. That doesn't mean that I don't own it. It just means that
other people are permitted to do certain things with it.
(This answer assumes the current intellectual property regime. It's
possible to make a different answer philosophically, but practically
speaking today the copyright holder owns the code.)
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