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Linux.com: FSFE's Fiduciary License Agreement is No Panacea

Feb 13, 2007, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"This week FSF Europe (FSFE) announced the release of its Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA), a form of copyright assignment in which a free software project can place its collective copyright under the control of a single organization or trustee. The agreement is designed to reduce the problems in managing copyrights in large projects, and to reconcile differences in copyright worldwide. However, exactly how important, useful, or necessary the FLA is depends upon whom you talk to in the free software community. To some extent, FSFE even seems to be operating contrary to the advice of the original Free Software Foundation in the United States.

"Shane M. Coughlan of the Freedom Task Force, a group within FSFE that offers license consultation and education, describes the FLA as 'a solution for projects that wish to improve their copyright coherency...'"

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