Re: Yorba Foundation looking to pass on copyrights

If GNOME itself could accept these copyrights, that would be ideal in my opinion.  GNOME board members, I assume you are on this list - would you be willing to consider this at the next board meeting?


On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:01 PM, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad esfahbod gmail com> wrote:

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> escribiĆ³:
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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