Single-company free software
Posted Oct 12, 2005 12:29 UTC (Wed) by jamesh
In reply to: Single-company free software
Parent article: Single-company free software
If a single entity holds the copyright to the entire project, then it doesn't need a license to create derivative works, so they could use whatever license they want.
Two ways to prevent this are:
- Make sure no one owns copyright on the entire work. That way license changes require consensus (which would mean the project wasn't covered by this article).
- Transfer ownership of the code to a separate entity such as a foundation (as discussed in the article). This way the original author's rights are clearly defined by the license it receives from the foundation. Depending on the bylaws of such a foundation and the license it grants, this might not actually be any better though ...
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