Re: Evolution copyright assignment: Storm in a teacup

On Sun, 2004-08-08 at 11:53 +0100, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> On Sat, 2004-08-07 at 13:52 +0200, Mikael Hallendal wrote:
> > On lör, 2004-08-07 at 12:44 +0100, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> > > What I'm complaining about is about including a gnome module that
> > > developers who want to contribute must give away from the community
> > > their code without anything in return.
> > 
> > "without anything in return"?
> Yes. There's nothing they give you don't have already without the
> copyright assignment.

Have you ever think that without that document perhaps they would never
released evolution as GPL software? or even worse, Ximian would never
developed it. Following your point, we could say that the ones (like you
and I) that are not contributing any evolution code are not giving them
anything in return for their GPL software, under you point of view, we
are really evils for not doing that (I don't believe that's true).

As Alan and Richard has stated here, the Novell/Ximian document has some
faults but not the ones you are talking about, it's just a patent
problem and as Miguel said, they will work to fix it as soon as
possible. If I'm understanding all mails, Richard Stallman (I think it's
harder anyone understand better the GPL than him) said there is not
problem with giving to Novell/Ximian the evolution copyright if they fix
the document as he suggested:

1.- Patent problem
2.- DFSL as Debian understand it instead of OSI license.

I think we could end this discussion now and wait for an official Novell
reaction. If they don't fix it, then we could just kick evolution from
GNOME Desktop or just fork it but at this moment I think we don't have
any solid argument against evolution inclusion.


Carlos Perelló Marín
Debian GNU/Linux Sid (PowerPC)
Linux Registered User #121232
mailto:carlos pemas net || mailto:carlos gnome org
Valencia - Spain

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