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From: Charles Marcus <>
On 2010-10-31 6:56 PM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
Now, without copyright  assignment/agreement (granted by the LibreOffice
developers to the  Document Foundation), the Document Foundation will be
in the awkward  situation I described: it manages a product (LibreOffice)
but cannot  represent the LibreOffice developers since it doesn't own the
Why can't TDF just add a simple, one-liner to its license stating  that
any contributions automatically grant a co-copyright to TDF? Of  course,
this would have to be made crystal clear to any contributors prior  to
accepting their code, but I don't see why a specific signed  document
would be necessary - I don't have to sign anything for an EULA to  be

While IANAL, to my understanding at least the US requires explicit documentation 
of copyright assignment.
So a license stating such would not work.

So in order to be able to use it in all situation you have to play to the least 
common denominator legally - thus explicit copyright assignment.

Again, IANAL consult legal counsel accordingly for something authoritative.


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