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The ability to file lawsuits. If the project holds the copyright, it can sue (or decide to not sue!) those who violate the terms of the license.
Project Harmony decloaks
Posted Apr 11, 2011 19:05 UTC (Mon) by josh (subscriber, #17465)
You make a good point about the ability to *not* sue, though; copyright assignment does indeed ensure that the original contributor can't sue, at least not without going through the copyright assignee first. However, the article here points out that Project Harmony's agreements (can) include a covenant not to sue; as long as that extended to third parties, and handled the case where the project has the right to offer a different license than the original contribution, that would remove the need for copyright assignment as a way of preventing the original contributor from suing.
Any other reasons a project would want to hold the copyrights rather than just having an agreement in place?
Posted Apr 11, 2011 23:13 UTC (Mon) by cyd (guest, #4153)
The easiest way to do that is a copyright assignment.
Posted Apr 12, 2011 0:00 UTC (Tue) by josh (subscriber, #17465)
Posted Apr 17, 2011 16:54 UTC (Sun) by daf (subscriber, #27590)
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