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Re: Overview of copyright issues + Debian

From: Graham Percival
Subject: Re: Overview of copyright issues + Debian
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:39:31 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 11:07:06PM +0100, Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
> In message <address@hidden>, Reinhold  
> Kainhofer <address@hidden> writes
>> ... So we'll have the same problem again in some years... By then it will be
>> even harder tracking down all contributors, who submitted a patch years 
>> ago...
> Hopefully we won't. Hopefully contributors will use the "or later"  
> version.

Oops, in my excitement over my *awesome* comic idea, I forgot the
serious answer.

One option would be to ask contributors to assign their copyright
to a LilyPond Foundation, under the assumption that this
foundation would choose the best license for LilyPond.
Potentially even a non-GPL license, if a nicer license with
similar terms comes along.  This would avoid the relicensing

Of course, this plan is also weak against the "assassinate all
members of the (lilypond) foundation" plot.

- Graham "maybe I should stop watching spy thrillers" Percival

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