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Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: Copyright/Distribution questions (Emacs/Orgmode)
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:37:28 +0900

Subhan Tindall writes:

 > Example.
 > I sign a copyright assignment form in order to work on project X. I
 > then write code to enhance or fix errors in X.
 > A reasonable person would most likely determine that my intent was add
 > this code to project X, therefore
 > my copyright was transferred upon it's creation as part of the
 > contract I signed.

Not at all.  Your intent (for values of "you" != you, I expect) might
very well be a fork, not a contribution.  I do that all the time,
creating works intended only for my private use, or that I want to
maintain control of until I'm satisfied with them.  "Upon creation" is
not tenable.

OTOH, there's a serious practical problem with your claim that code
that can be used with Emacs is automatically subject to an existing
"current and future code" assignment.  Namely, that would be grounds
for the FSF to subpoena my ~/.xemacs/init.el to search for their
"property".  A dollar I never received is surely insufficient
compensation for that!

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