Re: Foundation and Source Code Copyright

Hi Thomas,

Thomas Wood wrote:
> During discussions about copyright at GUADEC several people mentioned
> that developers were not encouraged to assign copyright to the GNOME
> Foundation.

>From my point of view, "not encouraged" isn't the way I see things.
Certainly no-one has done so so far, and since the mission of the
foundation is more organisational than technical, the usefulness cound
be questioned, but I think it's reasonable for the foundation to defend
the copyrights of its members, and if certain members wis to assign
their copyright, I wouldn't see any problem with that.

> A couple of developers, including myself, have been working on a new
> capplet for the control center. Since we had been working on it as a
> group we decided it would be fairest to assign copyright to the
> foundation rather than any particular individual. Are we to understand
> that this is not to be advised and if so why?

I'm certainly not a definitive source on the issue - Luis would be a
better person to comment on the consequences of such a copyright
assignment - but I don't think that you are to understand that.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
bolsh gnome org

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