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Re: [tdf-discuss] Copyright Assignments & the Document Foundation


Hi Andrea,

( just to mention: I did not make my mind on this yet, I'm just 
providing some thoughts)

Von: Andrea Pescetti <pescetti@openoffice.org>
An: discuss@documentfoundation.org

The paperwork was only a practical detail: not relinquising your
copyright is the most important.

I haven't seen any new contributor write that they joined because of 
(the refusal of) a copyright agreement; while I have seen several new 
contributors write that they started contributing because the "Easy 
Hacks" were so easy that they didn't require any previous technical 
knowledge.

If we want an answer on this (would developers not have joined if there 
was a CA) we would need to ask them. This should indeed be asked
at the dev-list. I'd bet, that at least some of them would state
that they not would have joined.



Do you need an example? Think of a "happy ending" where, to the benefit 
of users, OOo and all derivatives merge in a common project. There are 
many stakeholders (Oracle, IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Redflag, the Document 
Foundation...) and they might agree on a new, free, license with some 
special provisions due to the long history of OOo. Now, without 
copyright assignments/agreements every stakeholder would be able to join 
the unified project except the Document Foundation. By choosing against 
copyright assignments/agreements you are killing this dream... And I 
can't see how the Document Foundation could realistically say it is open 
to discuss with companies in this setting.


Ok, got your point. But I (personally) see that this is very unlikely to 
happen. I might be wrong, but everything I heard from the OOo main
sponsor so far indicated that they will never ever debate the CA /
licensing issue on a common ground.

Anyway - it all depends on the question if developers would sign the CA.
And we can only ask developers on this.

André




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