contribution agreements for open source projects

John Cowan cowan at
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 .

John Cowan  cowan at
"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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