Re: Yorba Foundation looking to pass on copyrights

On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 04:55:49PM -0400, Adam Dingle wrote:
As some of you know, I founded Yorba, a free software non-profit based in
San Francisco that was active from 2009-2015 and developed a few popular
programs for GNOME including the Shotwell photo manager and the Geary email
client, both of which now live in GNOME git.  These programs are copyrighted
by Yorba and a few external contributors and are licensed under the LGPL.

Yorba has run out of funding and is winding down - in fact nobody has worked
there since around April 2015.  We now need to shut down the foundation
(which is a California non-profit corporation), but legally we can't do so
while it still holds any assets including the copyrights on its software,
which are considered intellectual property.

We'd love to find some other free software organization that we can pass our
copyrights on to.  We would sell them for a nominal fee.  In theory the
copyright recipient could defend the LGPL licensing of these programs if
necessary (though I think the likelihood of such a necessity is low).

My understanding is that GNOME itself does not hold copyrights.  Is anyone
aware of any other free software organization that might be willing and able
to receive our copyrights?  Thanks -

You might consider the Free Software Foundation (FSF), Software in the Public
Interest (SPI), or the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).

- Josh Triplett

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