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Re: Fwd: Hiring a programmer

From: Vaidheeswaran
Subject: Re: Fwd: Hiring a programmer
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:00:31 +0530
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On Thursday 15 January 2015 03:36 PM, David Kastrup wrote:

Please advise.  Thanks.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Hiring a programmer
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:44:32 -0800
From: Yuri Niyazov<address@hidden>
To: address@hidden<address@hidden>
Newsgroups: gmane.emacs.orgmode

I'd like to hire a programmer to hack on some things in org-mode for
my use. If these improvements are contributed back the main org-mode
repository, would the copyright assignment have to come from me, or
from the programmer?

It has to come from the person holding the copyright.  Whether that is
"you" or "the programmer" depends on the contract between "you" and "the
programmer".  Without explicit mention in the contract, the programmer
would retain the copyright (and thus be the one assign copyright to the
FSF) but could be non-free to exercise it (unless the contract
explicitly states that you get a non-exclusive usage right).  So it
might _also_ be necessary to secure a copyright _disclaimer_ from you
where you state that you do not assert any rights over the execution of
the author's copyright.

I am not a lawyer: when in doubt, ask the copyright clerk from the FSF.

What would be the simplest arrangement that would involve minimal hassle for all parties.

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