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Re: copyright assignments

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_galois.collab.net>
Date: 2001-02-22 17:08:02 CET

Jim Blandy <jimb@zwingli.cygnus.com> writes:
> Are we collecting copyright assignments from contributors to the
> project? Or is the copyright on Subversion just going to be held by a
> zillion different people?

I think the overhead of collecting assignments is not worth it,
especially considering that our copyright doesn't impose any
significantly restrictive terms (so the benefit of defending it in
court couldn't be very great).

The impedance of getting someone to actually sign a form and
physically send it back can be surprising (having had to do it for the
FSF, I remember how much I procrastinated on this :-) ).

Thoughts, Brian?

[As an aside, for my personal projects, I'm beginning to think I might
just release them to the public domain, with non-binding commentary
describing my hope that the reader will preserve the same freedoms by
releasing modified versions p.d. or under a free license. That
sidesteps *all* legal issues, heh.]

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