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Re: Language Setup Document (Re: Text drawing bug - gaps after 16th char
Re: Language Setup Document (Re: Text drawing bug - gaps after 16th character ...)
Wed, 09 Jul 2003 04:59:16 +0900
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Adam Fedor wrote:
On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 08:45 AM, Kazunobu Kuriyama wrote:
Stefan Böhringer wrote:
It might be the one I privately sent to Adam Fedor several weeks ago.
The code I added to the source sums up a few hundred lines, making
the source code twice as much as it is. So I have to deal with
some legal stuff together with the Free Software Foundation for the
to be applied to GNUstep officially. I asked the FSF to send me a
that procedure. But I haven't received it yet. That's why I can't
make it public.
Certainly you can. It's just that GNUstep will not incorporate the
until you refrain from copyright.
Thank you for your comment. But I'm still wondering if I can relinquish
the copyright to the Free Software Foundation *unilaterally*. Have
done like this before?
I'm not sure what you mean here. The copyright for something can only
be 'owned' by one person or entity. You give the copyright to the FSF
so we can incorporate the code into GNUstep. However, in the document
that the FSF asks you to sign, they will give back to you
non-exclusive rights to the code you contributed. So that, for
instance, you can use the code somewhere else (for instance in a
non-free program, if you wish(1)).
(1) Of course that only applies to the code you contributed, not the
rest of GNUstep.
Then, may I confirm the following?
Can I give the copyright of my code to the FSF even after I make the
code public? In other words, is it possible
for the FSF to claim the copyright of some code which has already been
made public? Or do I take the matters
I know these questions are somewhat ridiculous. But some of property
laws are as such, aren't they?
(Don't imagine how precious my code is! The reason I'm prudent is
simply because I don't like to get involved
legal matters any more :-) )