Re: Assigning copyright?

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 13:33:34 CDT

At 2:18 PM -0400 5/10/04, David Mertz wrote:
>Along the lines of Arthur's source code questions, and my comments
>on Linux, FSF, etc, I wonder about copyright assignment.
>I wrote the same some months earlier, but I'm still of the opinion
>that OVC is not yet a very good candidate for copyright assignment.
>OVC is just too new, and doesn't have a record of promoting Free
>Software. In fact, discussions continue to come up on the list
>about exactly what our licensing goals actually are.
>To my mind, what might make more sense is assignment of EVM2003/OVC
>source code to the FSF. They have a long record and good lawyers.
>Of course, Peter Maggs and Karl Auerbach are good lawyers too; but
>for IP issues, Mogen Eblen and Larry Lessig are pretty weighty names.

It might make sense for the EVM2003 to be assigned to the FSF.
Perhaps the UC-developed system should be assigned to the OVC with a
"performance clause" otherwise it defaults to the FSF. Of course, we
have to be willing to agree with whatever they do with the rights, or
otherwise have that in the agreement assigning the rights.

Another possibility is for UC to retain the copyrights (or assign to
another entity), but allow use of the software for any purposes
provided that the interface specifications (presumably maintained by
the OVC) are adhered to.

This exercise might seem a waste to some, but it helps me justify
whatever choice we make to the UC administrators.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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