The critical part is the employer disclaimer
Posted May 24, 2004 5:49 UTC (Mon) by JoeBuck
In reply to: Differences from GNU
Parent article: Linus on documenting patch provenance
The most important paperwork that the FSF asks for from contributors is not the copyright assignment; it is the employer disclaimer. This prevents the company from later claiming that the employee's contribution was unauthorized, or that it is "work done for hire" and therefore the employee had no right to contribute it. Also, both the contributor and the employer promise not to bring a patent infringment claim later against the contributed-to program.
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