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Re: Submitting a contrib script?

From: Derek Robert Price
Subject: Re: Submitting a contrib script?
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2004 15:51:01 -0500
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Mark D. Baushke wrote:

> The latest boilerplate from should
> be used as the above is just an example. And where <year> is the current
> year (2004) and <author> is probably either your name or the 'US
> Department of Defense, Navy' depending on how they want things handled.

What Mark said.

> If you wish, you may instead assign your copyright in this matter to the
> FSF and replace that copyright line with 'Free Software Foundation, Inc.'
> (but that is more paperwork).

Nobody I know of has ever gone through paperwork for assigning copyright
of CVS contributions to the FSF before.  Without paperwork, I think the
copyright assignment is still defensible incourt, but if it was your
employer that disputed the assignment then it could be trouble to defend
in court.  I think the CVS policy has just always been, well, we'll
rewrite or remove the code if it ever becomes necessary and it never has
become necessary.

> If you want to release under the GPL, there should be no problem with
> something like the above approach.
> However, Derek is the one who needs to determine if he will accept stuff
> under the LGPL or not. (For what it may be worth, I would not have
> problems seeing LGPL files under the contrib directory myself.)

Like I said earlier, I don't have any problem with a contrib script
released under the LGPL.  Some other portions of CVS already are, mostly
GNULIB stuff in the lib directory.  Maybe ZLib?  Maybe other contrib
scripts too.  That is why COPYING.LIB is included with the CVS source

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