Re: Licensing and copyright
- From: Jean-Michel POURE <jm poure com>
- To: Rob Adams <readams readams net>
- Cc: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Licensing and copyright
- Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2004 13:34:22 +0100
Le Dimanche 22 Février 2004 04:40, Jeff Waugh a écrit :
> > Please send me any comments you have, or if you prefer to directly edit
> > the XML, send me changes in unified context diff format (diff -u).
On page http://readams.net/copyright/gnome-copyright/x68.html, you write:
"For example, you don't trust the Free Software Foundation not to later
relicense your software under terms you don't agree with, you shouldn't
assign your copyright to them."
I do not quite agree. The FSF and Richard Sallman have proved to be very
reliable over the years.
The issue is not a question of trust, but a question of law. Authors should be
aware of worst case scenarios (any comments are welcome):
Worst case scenario 1:
"After assigning the copyright to the American FSF, authors should be aware
that their work falls under the umbrella of the American law, including the
DMCA. Of course, in case of dispute, the FSF will do its best to defend
authors, although authors may have to show-up in court themselves."
Worst case scenario 2:
"After receiving a copyright assessment, the FSF becomes the sole owner of
the original work. If one day the FSF is forced to pay a large sum of money,
for example in case of patent infringement, the judge may decide to use any
means to revover the money, including rewriting the licenses and later
Trust is not the issue, I only prefer to live by my own country rules. We can
only fight and defend Free Software at an international level.
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