Seeking input from developers: glibc copyright assignment policy.

Florian Weimer
Mon Jun 14 20:05:00 GMT 2021

* Carlos O'Donell via Libc-alpha:

> The glibc stewards are seeking input from developers to decide if the project
> should relax the requirement to assign copyright for all changes to the
> Free Software Foundation as follows:
> Contributors who have an FSF Copyright Assignment wouldn't need to
> change anything.  Contributors who wish to utilize the Developer Certificate
> of Origin[1] would add a Signed-off-by message to their commit messages.
> The changes to accept patches with or without FSF copyright assignment
> would be effective on August 2nd, and would apply to all open branches.
> The glibc stewards, like the GCC SC, continue to affirm the principles of
> Free Software, and that will never change.
> glibc will continue to be developed, distributed, and licensed under the
> GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1 or any later version as
> published by the Free Software Foundation.

Given that we already have hundreds of commits with Signed-off-by:, and
glibc has accepted contributions written for glibc under different,
LGLPv2-compatible licenses without copyright assignment in the past,
this is a welcome clarification.

Will gnulib adopt a similar policy?


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