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Copyright assignment - Once bitten, twice shy

Aug 10, 2010, 07:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"The GPL, or any other software licence, depends upon the framework of copyright law. Copyleft is a hack on copyright law that puts the rights and responsibilities back into the hands of the user.

"The logic of Richard Stallman and the FSF is that "a copyright holder in a jointly-authored work is in a weak position to enforce its copyright unless all co-authors participate in the legal action". If all the authors participating in an open source project assign their copyrights to the FSF this puts the FSF in a strong legal position to act as an umbrella in defence of the GPL and any code licensed under it.

"Ownership by a trusted foundation or non-profit gives some assurance of the integrity of the licence, and the FSF copyright assignment agreement promises to keep the code free; couched in these terms, copyright assignment is probably a good thing."

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