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Copyright assignment requirement

From: Gregory Casamento
Subject: Copyright assignment requirement
Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 12:29:22 -0400

When we discussed the prospect of moving to GitHub someone suggested that it "would invite contributions from nonassigned members of the community."   I'm wondering if this is a bad thing.

I have long had a problem with the assignment requirement as it limits participation in a project which already has limited participation due to it's focused nature.  

Would it not be a good idea to open up contributions to the world at large and allow unassigned contributions into the project?

What problems would this solve?  I believe we would have a larger variety of people contributing to gnustep and it would ultimately remove what some see as a barrier to entry since some people don't want to disclaim or assign their copyrights.

This is especially pertinent to the move to GitHub since I have noticed that when the mirror was running there were a number of forks of the repos and a number of pull requests after it was up for a while.    Btw, I was not confusing git with GitHub.  GitHub is a social platform for allowing coders to collaborate.  This is why I think they move would be a good idea.  

Let me know if you guys have any thoughts. 


Gregory Casamento
Open Logic Corporation, Principal Consultant
yahoo/skype: greg_casamento, aol: gjcasa
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