[ECOS] Are copyright assignments detrimental to eCos?

Andrew Lunn andrew@lunn.ch
Fri Apr 4 15:17:00 GMT 2008


On Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 04:01:36PM +0100, Andy Jackson wrote:
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> >From an academic interest point of view, is this true for the parts
> that have been derived from existing GPL licenced files? Surely the
> whole point of the GPL is that you can't withhold a derivative work?<br>
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>     Andy<br>

Two different things here. Making the code available and getting it
included in anoncvs. You can make eCosCentric's GPL code available,
its GPL. But for me to make it part of anoncvs i want a clear
assignment to FSF. Without that, eCosCentric might be able to sue me
for taking away their bread and butter since they own the code. Or
they could ask for license fee from people who then use the code
etc. This goes back to the question about why we need FSF to own the
code, legal protection, and the same rules apply to eCosCentric
contributed code.

    Andrew

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