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Re: Copyright forms for new contributor?
- To: jsm28 at cam dot ac dot uk (Joseph S. Myers)
- Subject: Re: Copyright forms for new contributor?
- From: Joe Buck <jbuck at synopsys dot COM>
- Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2001 14:07:40 -0700 (PDT)
- Cc: jbuck at synopsys dot com (Joe Buck), gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org
Joseph S. Myers writes:
> How do the assignments to the FSF interact with the presence of
> non-FSF-copyright files in the tree? For example, some of the files in
> the gcc/ada directory are copyright FSF, some are copyright Ada Core
> Technologies, some are copyright Florida State University. If people with
> FSF assignments contribute to these files, do their contributions become
> copyright FSF (rather than any other copyright holder of the files)?
IANAL, but copyright assignment requires a legal contract between the
parties, so it's not possible for anyone to assign copyright to ACT
or FSU without an explicit contract saying so.
Also, everything that gets linked into the FSF GCC other than system
libraries is supposed to get owned by the FSF unless RMS agrees to an
exception, to help the FSF be able to enforce the GPL. Is this true
for Ada, or do we have an issue?