Monday, May 21, 2007

FSF copyright assignment contract

My Free Software Foundation copyright assignment contract arrived on friday. It's a contract that every contributer to GNU projects have to agree and sign. By signing it, you agree to give up the copyright of all contributed code to FSF. In return FSF will grant me back to use the code (basically) however I want.

The reason for this is good: if any legal problems around my contribution comes up (ie. GPL violation or similar) FSF will have the power to respond and enforce the license. This would have been much harder (impossible?) if they didn't own the full copyright of the code.

The letter also contained some GNU and Free Software Foundation stickers. Now I just have to find some good spots to put them... I'm thinking of sticking one to my door and one somewhere in our kitchen :-)

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