Re: Foundation and Source Code Copyright

On Fri, 2007-08-03 at 11:56 +0200, Dave Neary wrote:
> 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,
hmm, sorry to say that, but I was under the impression this was
suggested many years ago (2/3 or maybe 4), and indeed I've written some
code myself assigning the copyright to the foundation. Usually small
stuff that is not in GNOME, but I just had a look, and the whole of
libgda is (C) The GNOME Foundation. So, should all those source files be
changed, or can we do something about it?

IIRC, the argument that convinced me for using the foundation as (C)
owner was that, in case of a problem that involves a court, it would be
easier to defend the code with just one big legal body than with 10s of
different developers, some of which might have disappeared or even
changed their commitment to free software.

If this argument is still valid, I think we should do something, now
that most previous and current contributors still support free
software :-)
Rodrigo Moya <rodrigo gnome-db org>

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