Linus on documenting patch provenance
Posted May 23, 2004 16:44 UTC (Sun) by corbet
In reply to: Linus on documenting patch provenance
Parent article: Linus on documenting patch provenance
I disagree; tracking the source of code submissions has little to do with copyright assignment. They are two separate issues. The kernel project has made a deliberate decision that contributors keep their copyright on their work; among other things, this approach ensures that nobody will ever attempt to force a different license on the kernel.
Whether you ask for assignment or not, you still want to be sure that the contributor has the right to contribute the code--and to be able to document that in the future. An assignment of copyright does not make that happen in some magic way.
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