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Re: Why not contribute? (to GCC)


On Sun, Apr 25, 2010 at 7:23 PM, Richard Kenner
<kenner@vlsi1.ultra.nyu.edu> wrote:
>> I find surprising that the U. of Illinois has such relaxed approach to
>> copyright. But perhaps it is also in their interest to not ask many
>> questions. If something goes bad, they can just sue the individual
>> contributor rather than dealing with the whole legal department of a
>> company. Even more, if the company sues the contributor but not the U.
>> of Illinois, they may even get to keep the code. Sweet.
>
> A University is a big place. ?Do we know that their legal department is
> even AWARE of this? ?Or did some group within the University who doesn't
> understand copyright law just decide this is the "right way to do it"?

Whatever their reasons, this has very little to do with GCC. If
copyright assignment is an obstacle for contributing to GCC, we should
do something about that (clarify the reasons, simplify and speed up
the process, etc.). Let's talk about that instead :-)

Ciao!
Steven


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