Re: Yorba Foundation looking to pass on copyrights

Hi Adam,

Thanks for Yorba.

It occurs to me that while GNOME Foundation does not currently own any copyright, there is no reason why it can't accept a donation such as this.


On Mar 24, 2016 6:41 PM, "Adam Dingle" <adam medovina org> wrote:
I think an existing free software organization feels like the best home for these copyrights.  The organizations that others have mentioned here are great leads - I will be in touch with some of them soon.  If none of those pan out, I may repost asking if any individual people would be interested.  thanks -


On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 8:19 PM, Daniel Espinosa <esodan gmail com> wrote:

Should be an organization or individuals can step up too?

El mar. 24, 2016 3:14 PM, "Josh Triplett" <josh joshtriplett org> escribió:
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).

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