HP gdb/wdb sources available

Daniel Jacobowitz drow@false.org
Wed Aug 31 20:37:00 GMT 2005


On Mon, Aug 29, 2005 at 05:02:46PM -0700, James E Wilson wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-08-29 at 13:30, Steve Ellcey wrote:
> > The purpose of this delivery is to assign the copyright of any HP
> > generated changes in these files to FSF so that non-HP folks can take
> > any of the changes that HP made and incorporate them into the FSF gdb
> > sources without worrying about HP copyright ownership.  I have a
> > copyright assignment on file with FSF.
> 
> This doesn't seem to make much sense.
> 
> Simply placing the files on an FSF machine does not constitute a
> copyright assignment.  A copyright assignment requires a piece of paper
> with appropriate language approved by the FSF and signed by a VP or
> higher at HP that covers the code in question.  (And by the way, this
> isn't an FSF machine, so by placing something here, you haven't actually
> given it to the FSF.)
> 
> Also, your copyright assignment only covers code that you wrote
> yourself.  If you give code to the FSF, that does not cause the code to
> be covered by your copyright assignment.  We need a copyright assignment
> from the original author of the code.  If HP has a corporate assignment,
> then that would be sufficient.  Otherwise, we need personal assignments
> from everyone that helped write the code, along with corporate
> disclaimers for each person.  If you haven't been keeping records of who
> wrote which piece of code (such as FSF style ChangeLog entries), then
> only a corporate assignment will do.

FYI: I have verified with the FSF that the paperwork for this delivery
is in order; Steve and the others listed in that particular assignment
can contribute code on behalf of HP as a single entity.

-- 
Daniel Jacobowitz
CodeSourcery, LLC



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