contribution agreements for open source projects

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Thu Sep 24 08:58:47 UTC 2009

John Cowan <cowan at> writes:
> Actually, I should have spoken not of fending off lawsuits but of
> prosecuting them or threatening to do so, which is harder if there are
> multiple copyright holders.  The FSF wants copyright ownership so it
> can make such threats effectively in pursuit of its special goals.

IIUC, there is a second purpose to the FSF's paperwork, which is to
protect the FSF from liability claims if someone submits code to which
they do not actually hold the copyright.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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