"Sun yesterday unveiled licensing relaxations designed to
placate critics and boost contributions to OpenOffice.org, the open
source office suite project. Sun, no stranger to abuse from the
open source community over its licensing terms and conditions, has
come under fire because contributors to OpenOffice.org had to sign
an agreement giving Sun rights to their work.
"But now Sun's playing friendly. The new Joint Copyright
Agreement (JCA) and Public Documentation License (PDL) change this
in two ways. The JCA covers source code and related material, and
is an assignment rather than a licence, allowing developers to
share copyright ownership with Sun when they contribute code. The
developer keeps ownership, but all source code is licensed under
the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and the Sun Industry
Standards Source License (SISSL)..."
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