Re: Assigning copyright?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 19:27:38 CDT

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

The BSD license meets the Free Software Foundations definition of Free
Software (in later BSD licenses, minus the advertising clause).

> 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.

Nope. Not very likely; or at least not something to count on.

I tried to get FSF's advice on whether the EVMPL additional clause was
GPL compatible. It took about three months to finally get a form
letter back that indicated they didn't read the inquiry more than
superficially. If any OVC members happen to know Stallman, or Moglen,
or Lessig, personally, we might have better luck... but I wouldn't
count on legal support/advice.
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