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Re: GNU project _does_ discriminate contributors by classes

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: GNU project _does_ discriminate contributors by classes
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 19:30:51 +0100

* Dmitry Alexandrov:

> Jason Self <> wrote:
>> This is related to the copyright assignment mentioned earlier. As an
>> example, some have employment contracts with wording to the effect
>> that "anything you ever do anywhere ever always belongs to us no
>> matter what." People with such employment contracts aren't able to
>> assign the copyright for their work because it was never theirs to
>> begin with and the employer needs to do so. The information at [0]
>> mentions this that "we ***may*** also need an employer’s
>> disclaimer..." because...
> ...FSF does not believe in GNU contributorsʼ honesty?

You could also say that these procedures are inplace to protect the
contributors.  Widely misunderstood terms can create quite a mess, as
can be seen here:


Basically, it turns out that several Bacula contributors signed away
their rights twice (“Due to historical reasons Beneficiaries have
sometimes signed a second FLA afterhaving signed the first one with
either FSFE or Kern Sibbald.”), which is of course not legally

Collecting additional paperwork may help to prevent that situation
from arising.

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