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On 03/11/2010 Michael Meeks wrote:
I wrote a huge screed on the subject here:
... If the argument is that there is some negotiation with Oracle that this
makes possible - then, I have to wonder why Oracle is happy to ship
millions of lines of Mozilla code (under the MPL) that they can never
own as part of the product.

Yes, more or less that would be my argument. Or, to use your own words
(from your article): "If you are faced with aggression from a copyright
owner, turn their asymmetry against them: ask them to accept code under
the same terms they provide to others. ... Failing that, just soft-fork
the project, a-la MariaDB - paradoxically you may want to collect
copyright assignment yourself to be able to affect an eventual

What I was hoping was that the Document Foundation would act as a "trade
union" of developers, and be delegated rights on their code to become a
powerful stakeholder in discussing and derivatives. I
think I have already repeated enough times that by this I do NOT mean
that I expect/wish that the Document Foundation gives all the rights to
Oracle, of course. But I would expect that, with a copyright agreement
in place, it could get more recognition in a possible reconciliation
phase than what it can get by merely relying on moral suasion.

Best regards,
  Andrea Pescetti.

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