Re: Assigning copyright?

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 17:37:15 CDT

On Monday 10 May 2004 11:45, David Mertz wrote:
> On May 10, 2004, at 2:33 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
> > 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.
>
> UC seems like a good candidate to me. They have a long and
> honorable history of holding and protecting copyrights on Free
> Software (i.e. Unix/BSD).

BSD is not Free Software. The licenses are quite different in
extremely important ways.

> There have been some low points in
> UC stewardship too, but mostly it's been a good thing.
>
> As long as the grant application specifies something helpful
> like GPL/EVMPL, UC couldn't decide to "monetize" the
> copyright... even if y'all, say, elected an overly
> pro-corporate governor. I, for one, would be perfectly happy
> to assign those copyrights I hold in current EVM2003/OVC
> source code to UC.

If we are under GPL, we may be able to get legal help from FSF on
any issue that bears on the validity of their license, no matter
who legally owns the copyright. But we should check on that
before making a decision.

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