contribution agreements for open source projects
cowan at ccil.org
Thu Sep 24 04:35:17 UTC 2009
Alex Russell scripsit:
> And if your project is BSD-licensed and you *don't* do this, it's
> unclear that you actually have the rights required to even make the
> code available under the stated license.
How's that? Everyone has the right to redistribute under the BSD.
As long as the contribution is BSD also, no problem.
> >The FSF wants copyright ownership so it can make such threats
> >effectively in pursuit of its special goals.
> ...which it historically hasn't even done, even when there are clear
> GPL violations.
No lawsuits, but plenty of threats, unless you have reason to disbelieve
the claims in http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/enforcing-gpl.html .
John Cowan cowan at ccil.org http://ccil.org/~cowan
"The exception proves the rule." Dimbulbs think: "Your counterexample proves
my theory." Latin students think "'Probat' means 'tests': the exception puts
the rule to the proof." But legal historians know it means "Evidence for an
exception is evidence of the existence of a rule in cases not excepted from."
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