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Re: Review a blog post about emacs-devel

From: Clément Pit-Claudel
Subject: Re: Review a blog post about emacs-devel
Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 01:55:59 -0400
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On 14/05/2020 22.57, Yuan Fu wrote:
> I think couple days ago someone (Joao?) read the copyright assignment
> and said FSF shares the copyright with the assignee, is that right?
> If so I should change the “give” in “By signing the assignment, you
> give the copyright of your code to FSF.” to “share”.
> Also, does that mean the assignee can change the license to public
> domain?

See https://www.fsf.org/bulletin/2014/spring/copyright-assignment-at-the-fsf:

> Sometimes contributors are concerned about giving up rights to their
> work. As the assignment is a gift to the free software community,
> they don't want it to come at the expense of having flexibility in
> the use of their own code. Thus, we grant back to contributors a
> license to use their work as they see fit. This means they are free
> to modify, share, and sublicense their own work under terms of their
> choice. This enables contributors to redistribute their work under
> another free software license. While this technically also permits
> distributing their work under a proprietary license, we hope they
> won't.

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