I'm Croatian translation coordinator for OOo, and I support The Document
Foundation and LibreOffice.
I have question on this topic.
Is there any possibility that Oracle *can* sue OpenOffice.org
contributor who signed a contract about sharing the contributor's
copyright only because contributor decide to contribute to LibO with
same content, too?
I signed contract with Sun Microsystems.
Oracle has bought Sun Microsystems.
I contribute Croatian translation to OOo.
Same content + new translation I contribute to LibO.
Can I be sued?
On 2.10.2010 21:01, Dr. Bernhard Dippold wrote:
just starting to collect additional FAQ entries to be added to
Please provide questions and answers you think to be important, improve my wordings and content,
if I'm not clear enough or simply wrong.
Q: What are copyright agreements (CA/JCA/SCA) with Oracle and why are they counterproductive to
OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice and FOSS?
A: Every contributor to OpenOffice.org code has to sign a contract about sharing the
contribution's copyright with Oracle. As this agreement can't be retracted it covers all future
contributions too. This allows Oracle to behave as the copyright owner, claiming copyright
infringement and other legal rights.
On the other hand this agreement allows them to release the contribution under any license they
want to, including proprietary ones, without the contributor having any right to refuse it.
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