Re: Foundation and Source Code Copyright
- From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
- To: Juan José Sánchez Penas <jjsanchez igalia com>
- Cc: Thomas Wood <thos gnome org>, Dave Neary <bolsh gnome org>, Luis Villa <luis tieguy org>, foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Foundation and Source Code Copyright
- Date: Fri, 03 Aug 2007 15:55:00 -0400
On Fri, 2007-08-03 at 21:48 +0200, Juan Jos��hez Penas wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 01:40:39PM -0400, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> > ownership. When multiple companies (Red Hat, Novell, Sun, ...) own
> > copyright on a package, it's harder to do something wrong (for example,
> > to relicense the package under a new license).
> Is this always something wrong? I guess sometimes making easier to change a
> license can be good (in terms of freedom, for example). All depends on how
> much you (want to) trust the copyright holder.
Yeah, could be good if it was easier to say change Evo from GPLv2 to
GPLv3+, but you either end up having many copyright holders anyway (all
the people submitting non-trivial patches on bugzilla) or risk blocking
development by bureaucracy of having to submit disclaimer or assignment
forms first, like what Sun is doing with Java right now, or FSF with
Emacs and some other projects.
> - juanjo
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little
Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
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