Re: Copyright assignment

On 03/08/04 00:21, Sander Vesik wrote:

The ability to actually have a chance of successful prosecution of an infringement
This is a bit misleading. It really depends on whether the courts consider the work to be covered by a joint copyright of the authors, or to be a collective work (where each contributor owns the copyright on their contributions but no one else's).

With a joint copyright, it can be difficult to prove that someone infringed the copyright because each joint copyright holder has the power to license the code. However if the package is considered a collective work, each contributor is responsible for their own contributions.

Also, the recent Linux netfilter/iptables court cases and settlements show that it is possible to pursue an infringement case where you only own part of the the package as a whole.


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