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Re: Why not contribute? (to GCC)


On Apr 23, 2010, at 5:05 PM, Basile Starynkevitch wrote:

> Manuel López-Ibáñez wrote:
>> On 24 April 2010 00:18, Alfred M. Szmidt <ams@gnu.org> wrote:
>>> The disclaimers are legally necessary though, the FSF needs a paper
>>> trail in the case your employer comes back and claims that they have
>>> copyright over a change.
>> BTW, in this aspect there is no difference between GCC and LLVM. The
>> latter also requires to assign copyright to the University of
>> Illinois. If you don't have a copyright disclaimer before contributing
>> to LLVM, you are exposing yourself to some future legal troubles.
> 
> The real issue is not the copyright disclaimer, it is the legal terms inside. Maybe U.Illinois don't use words like "unlumited liaibility".
> 
> But we cannot know for sure, these documents are not public.

I'm not sure why you think that.  Unlike the FSF, all of the LLVM projects' requirements are public:
http://llvm.org/docs/DeveloperPolicy.html

LLVM does not require a copyright assignment.  People can send in random patches and they get immediately applied.

-Chris


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