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From Mark Wielaard <m...@klomp.org>
Subject Re: [legal] Bulk contribution barrier to entry
Date Sat, 29 Oct 2005 12:48:47 GMT

On Tue, 2005-10-11 at 08:52 -0500, Archie Cobbs wrote:
> Same with the FSF. E.g., Classpath hackers must sign a document
> granting the FSF copyright. This is so the FSF can be allowed to
> distribute Classpath without getting explicit permission from
> every author (which would be very unweildy). But the original
> authors still are allowed to distribute their own work too,
> even under a non-free license, if they want to.

Yes. The idea is that the contribution is a gift to the Free Software
community in the first place. So the standard contract has a clause that
permits you to use your code even in proprietary programs. The FSF does
ask to get a 30 days' notice so they know and have a record of all code
they distribute that a contributor also distributes under another
license. You don't need to invoke this clause in order to distribute
copies as free software under the GNU GPL, since everyone is allowed to
do that of course.



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