Mark Shuttleworth on companies and free software
Posted May 17, 2011 18:10 UTC (Tue) by dkg
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MySQL and PostgreSQL are "two great free software databases", which have companies behind their development or providing support.
This seems to be a poor example for the case Mark is trying to make. Postgresql is an outstanding F/OSS database with no requirement for making a copyright assignment whatsoever
. And MySQL is in possibly its worst position in a long time because its copyright assignment centralized control over the codebase such that it could simply be bought (first by Sun, and then subsequently) by Oracle, one of its major proprietary competitors. This acquisition triggered a number of forks precisely because of concerns over Oracle's control
Remind me again why these examples are supposed to convince me of the merits of copyright assignment?
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