Project Harmony decloaks
Posted Apr 12, 2011 13:54 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: Project Harmony decloaks
Parent article: Project Harmony decloaks
It's not just merely to bring a law suit. Each author of a joint work has an independent right to grant nonexclusive licenses. So if you and I were joint owners of project Foo, I could grant a nonexclusive license to Microsoft to use the entire work even if it was your intention that our work only be licensed under the GPL. You could sue me, but not Microsoft (and Microsoft might even be able to indemnify me).
Do you have a link to something that actually states this is possible? It seems to me that any author only holds the copyright to their own contributions, and you can't release the other authors' contributions under a different licence than the one they've applied to their own work themselves. Although Microsoft could claim that they've licensed the entire body of code in good faith, it doesn't mean they have successfully acquired the right to use it under those terms, just like someone acquiring stolen goods, for example, isn't entitled to keep them upon it being pointed out that such goods are indeed stolen, even if they did buy them from someone who claimed complete ownership of them.
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