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Re: [SLUG] Re: Re: Copyright assignment + the GPL [Was: Streaming media servers]
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Re: Re: Copyright assignment + the GPL [Was: Streaming media servers]
- From: QuantumG <qg@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005 16:29:31 +1000
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Jeff Waugh wrote:
You're making a general statement (that copyright assignment is bad), but
hanging on to a specific example . Look at other projects that require
copyright assignment, such as Evolution, and see whether the points you make
From the Evolution FAQ:
What do I get for my copyright assignment?
In exchange for your grant of copyright, Novell does two things.
First, we promise to use the GPL or another Debian-endorsed Free
license for your code (although we may also grant other licenses on
Second, we grant back to you as author all your original rights to
do what you want with your code, without any fees or
restrictions from us. This includes your right to relicense under
whatever terms you may desire. That is, your grant lets Novell use
your code, but you keep your original ownership rights as well.
So in exchange for your copyright you get a license you wouldn't need if
you didn't give them your copyright and you get the honour of Novel
being able to relicense your code as they see fit (i.e., you get to
watch them take away people's freedom using your work). What a deal!
The only reason they can do it is because they control the repository.
If GNU Arch was more widely used people wouldn't mind getting lots of
patches from lots of different places and this kind of centralization
wouldn't be something these companies could capitalize on.