Project Harmony opens website (The H)
Posted Apr 8, 2011 1:13 UTC (Fri) by JoeBuck
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I would distinguish between two cases. The first case is assignment to a nonprofit that's committed to keeping the software free, with a contributor agreement that provides some protections. This has some problems but also some advantages; it certainly makes relicensing easier when it needs to be done. GCC recently made the license on some support files more permissive, since they should have had the "runtime exception" language but this was overlooked. We only had to convince one stubborn person, instead of needing to contact any number of people, some of whom might not even be alive (GCC's been around since the 1980s after all).
The second case is assignment to a profit-making company, in exchange for basically nothing, with all rights going to that company. There are certainly situations where I might consider accepting that (e.g. to get a small patch in to code I rely on), but it's not a good deal at all.
Maybe there's a third alternative, like authorizing some trusted group to make one's software available under some additional FLOSS license under certain narrow circumstances, to keep projects out of corners where they have to choose which code they can no longer use.
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