Saturday, 10 January 2015

Re: [Ubuntu-bugcontrol] Please, consider reflecting on the Canonical Contributor Agreement

On Mon, Jan 05, 2015 at 10:01:49AM -0500, Stephen M. Webb wrote:
> Maybe. I contributed small patches to GCC for years before taking the
> leap and signing my soul over to the FSF so I could get them to accept
> more substantial pieces of work (and they could relicense it to third
> parties to earn revenue).

My understanding of the FSF/GNU copyright assignment is that in their
part of the legal paperwork, they pledge to only relicense the code
under a license of similar spirit. So the above is FUD AFAICT.

Now if you don't trust the FSF that much that you think GPLv4 will be a
proprietary license, then maybe your above statement makes sense.

OTOH, if you haven't understood the FSF/GNU copyright assignment, it
might explain why you seem to be oblivious to other people's
reservations with the Canonical CLA.


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