Why the FSF Copyright Assignment is Wrong
Posted Nov 11, 2010 2:37 UTC (Thu) by rgmoore
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In reply to: Why the FSF Copyright Assignment is Wrong
Parent article: LPC: Michael Meeks on LibreOffice and code ownership
1. It creates an unequal balance of power between the assignee and the contributors, since the assignee gets more rights in the code than the rest of the ecosystem.
I think this is the key point. The essence of Free Software is giving up control over your code and letting others have equal access to it. Attempts to privilege one author over others- either copyright assignment policies or licenses that give special rights to the "original author"- go against that ideal. The inequality between the assignee and the other authors are the root of all of the other problems you describe.
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