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


On 2010-11-02 8:12 AM, Thorsten Behrens wrote:
I respect your opinion - alas, I have a different one. For your
specific example, if someone submits code to LibO, stating in her
mail "I license this under LGPLv3+ / MPL", and that later turns out
to be false pretense, that gives you about as much leverage against
the contributor as if she signs extra documents (at least for all
practical matters.

Simple (for the submitter) is best...

Just define the process for code submissions and make the agreement a
part of that process - a checkbox, that must explicitly be checked, with
clear and unequivocal language of what the submitter is agreeing to, is
all that should be necessary.

This could be a one-time thing for those with direct commit access and
those who create an account with a web based submission system, and
something that the user must agree to each and every time for
submissions done by email - ie, they submit a patch, the system holds
it, sends an email back to the submitter, with a link they must click,
which takes them to a page where they must signify their agreement to
the copyright assignment, after which - and only after which - their
submission will be accepted.

It might sound complicated, but once it is automated, it would 'just
work'. Of course, the system that holds this information should be
backed up religiously... ;)

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