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Andrea, Michael,

Le Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:43 +0100,
Andrea Pescetti <> a écrit :

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 reconciliation".

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.

What do you think of this idea?
(It does not involve copyright). 

Charles-H. Schulz
Membre du Comité exécutif
The Document Foundation.

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