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Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 15:12:01 +0200
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John Hasler <> writes:

> Michael writes:
>> And if a patch is actually useful to a program, it should be folded
>> into the actual program itself.
> Yes, but let the distribution forward it.

If the distribution claims copyright on the patch, this can prevent it
from being folded into upstream (for example, for FSF-maintained
software requiring assignments).  And the creator of the patch
himself, having his copyright assigned away to Gentoo, will no longer
be able to contribute it to upstream, either.

If several parties will only accept a patch accompanied with a
copyright assignment, the right place to contribute and assign to, in
my opinion, is upstream.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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