Why not contribute? (to GCC)

Alfred M. Szmidt ams@gnu.org
Mon Apr 26 15:12:00 GMT 2010


   It's unclear whether the LLVM-style implicit copyright assignment
   is really enforceable, and this certainly isn't a forum to debate
   it.  In any case, it doesn't really matter, because the only reason
   copyright needs to be assigned (AFAIK) is to change the license.

This is not the only reason (and in the GNU projects case, not a
reason at all), the main reason is to be able to enforce the copyright
of the work without having to call in everyone into court.  If only
parts of GCC where copyrighted by the FSF, then the FSF could only sue
only for those parts.



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