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Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
We initially agreed not to request the assignment of copyright for code
contributions, and we can only witness that it's been so far the right
decision: Many developers have joined us and contribute

Honestly, I believe new developers joined because the bar for contribution was lowered to the point that anyone who can use a text editor can contribute to the code, even if he is unable to build LibreOffice. The Easy Hacks were a nice way to attract new people. Of course the paperwork reduction may have helped too, but I don't see it as the most effective improvement.

3) ... In the CVS (and even SVN) there was a real hierarchy. ... BTW; LibreOffice uses Git, which is a distributed SCM.

So did (and still does) with Mercurial, another distributed SCM. But I don't believe this is relevant.

4) the notion that we cannot change license because we don't have
copyright assignment needs to be put to rest once and for all today.
There is a very simple explanation with respect to this issue; ask any
lawyer and he/she will confirm this: Sun/Oracle has licensed the OOo
code under LGPL v3. They could have put "LGPL v3 or later" or "LGPL v3
or +". But they didn't. And that's what makes impossible to turn OOo
into a different license unless the sole copyright owner agrees to
change it, which is unlikely with Oracle.

Well, if you take for granted that cooperation between Oracle and the Document Foundation will forever be impossible then you are right. But who knows what will happen in months, years? If Oracle changes attitude and wants to discuss licensing with the Document Foundation, the Document Foundation will be in the awkward position of "representing" the LibreOffice developers only in theory, because any agreement would then need to be confirmed with every developer; while with a copyright agreement/assignment in place, the Document Foundation could effectively represent a measurable percentage of the codebase, and its opinion be weighed accordingly.

Best regards,
  Andrea Pescetti.

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