Re: License for EVM?

From: Alan Dechert <adechert_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 12:41:42 CDT

> Let me try repeating the CONCRETE and SPECIFIC threat we need to
> address: I, David Mertz, one of the developers, could decide on the day
> of the demo that I do not want to let EVM2003 use my copyrighted
> code.[*] Who knows why I would do such a thing--maybe I got a bribe;
> maybe I'm just an asshole; maybe I decide I only trust UMass academics,
> not UC; whatever. To address this threat, the only possible answer is
> to explicitly agree to license terms that allow the code to be used,
> regardless of my wishes on that day.
> Yours, David...
> [*] In real life, that's not going to happen... but how do you KNOW
> that? And if for me, how about for some other contributor?
I guess it's possible we could wind up with a disgruntled contributor.
However, we would go ahead with the demo regardless, most likely. Who will
this person sue? Me? Good luck.

I don't think they would have a case. This is a collaborative effort. It
might be worth it to get some legal opinion on this, but I don't think any
individual can legally make the claim that the code belongs to them.

Frankly, David, I'm just not concerned about this threat. I don't think it
will happen and even if it did, such a claim would have no merit.


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