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Re: Overview of copyright issues

From: Hans Aberg
Subject: Re: Overview of copyright issues
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:16:05 +0200

On 10 Sep 2009, at 14:46, Joseph Wakeling wrote:

In GNU projects, the normal thing is that contributors sign a paper
which is sent in to GNU that they donate the code to GNU.


  "For a program to be GNU software does not require transferring
  copyright to the FSF; that is a separate question. If you transfer
  the copyright to the FSF, the FSF will enforce the GPL for the
  program if someone violates it; if you keep the copyright,
  enforcement will be up to you."


You do not have to have to sign it over to FSF, obviously, since nobody can force you to give away what you own.

But that is how it is done on projects like Bison. Whenever new contributors show up, they are asked to sign a paper and send it in to FSF.


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