Re: Yorba Foundation looking to pass on copyrights

Hi Adam,

On 25 March 2016 at 08:46, Adam Dingle <adam medovina org> wrote:
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?

I've added it to the agenda, we will discuss it at the next board
meeting, which is scheduled for Monday.



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>

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
San Francisco that was active from 2009-2015 and developed a few
programs for GNOME including the Shotwell photo manager and the Geary
client, both of which now live in GNOME git.  These programs are
by Yorba and a few external contributors and are licensed under the

Yorba has run out of funding and is winding down - in fact nobody has
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
while it still holds any assets including the copyrights on its
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
necessary (though I think the likelihood of such a necessity is low).

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

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

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