[ECOS] Are copyright assignments detrimental to eCos?

Andy Jackson andy@xylanta.com
Fri Apr 4 15:20:00 GMT 2008

Andrew Lunn wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 12:00:42PM +0200, Jiri Gaisler wrote:
>> Markus Schaber wrote:
>>>> I have looked at the files in eCos Pro, and majority of it has
>>>> the GPL license with the linking exception. Is there anything that
>>>> would prevent me from merging updated files from eCos Pro back
>>>> to the open CVS version?
>>> AFAICS, no, given that you legally received your copy of eCos Pro.
>> eCoscentric provides a free eCos Pro kit for the Nios processor,
>> which anyone can download. This would mean that all GPL files in
>> the kit are free to be merged with the open CVS. Or is there some
>> other catch ...?
> The catch is that in order for it to be included into anoncvs, the
> owner of the code has to agree and transfer the copyright to FSF. So i
> cannot just pick up eCosCentric code and commit it. eCosCentric have
> to agree to it as copyright owner.
 >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?


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