Re: Source licensing

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 11:52:46 CDT

At 12:31 PM -0400 5/10/04, David Mertz wrote:
>On May 10, 2004, at 12:13 PM, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
>>Copyright, on the other hand, is something we own right now, on
>>every thing we produce, and the important thing to do is to assert
>>our rights and state explicit license conditions under which the
>>material may be reused without bothering us
>Yes. Understanding, however, that "we" means "each individual code
>contributor who has worked on EVM2003." AFAIK, no assignment of
>copyright to OVC or anyone else has occurred.

This is why Richard Stallman was much more careful about accepting
software from contributors and ensuring that he got license
agreements for all contributions from contributors and their
employers. Unfortunately, Linus Torvalds was not anywhere near so
careful, hence the legal fight with SCO.

Perhaps administrative sloppiness with ownership of the code is
another reason that the reference software development projects must
start fresh with a new codebase. Where we adopt code and/or
interface specifications, we'll need to go back and collect copyright
assignments in order to use them.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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