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


2010/11/1 Michael Meeks <michael.meeks@novell.com>:
Hi Andrea,
...
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
code.

       Sure - it can recommend, advise, and encourage people in directions; it
can lead the project via the brand, it can encourage collaboration and
resolve conflicts - but sure; it is not a monolithic entity that can
dictate ownership of the code.

Nor it could help contributors in any way, if they are sued because of
their contribution.

Copyright Assignment is nor bad nor good, it's a compromise; i am
still waiting to see
any reply also to Andrea's proposals in another thread [1] .
I agree with Andrea, and I think that all this JCA stuff need a more
pragmatic approach,
when the TDF will become a stable entity with a legal peronality the
big players can deal with.

bye,
rob

[1] http://www.documentfoundation.org/lists/discuss/msg00533.html

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