Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 9, 2004 15:29 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
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Sun wants copyright assignment so that they can "defend the entire product".
They once had a plan to spin off OO to a non-profit foundation, but eventually, they say, they found that they could not divorce themselves from its liability that way, and thus decided not to spin it off. I have trouble accepting their reason.
My advice to Danise years ago was that if you accept copyright assignment, the fear among developers is that you will go private with their changes tomorrow.
So, it is necessary, in order to win their trust, to covenant with the developer that as long as you distribute software containing his assigned work, that you shall make a copy of that work available to the public under an Open Source license with source code.
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