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Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 16:11:57 +0200 (CEST)

   (4) In other places they claim they're doing this because GNU,
   Debian, and the BSDs are requiring copyright transfer as well
   [1]. Well I know that some GNU projects recommend it (emacs,
   libstdc++), but by far not all; and I have heard first hand that
   Debian not only does not require it, but they don't even have an
   entity one could assign copyright to even if one wanted to. (Does
   anyone know about the BSDs?)

None of the BSDs require copyright assignments.

Requiring copyright assignments is a good practise though.  But I
think the Gentoo Foundation could need to polish it a bit so that they
grant back the rights to the person who wrote the code too.

   On a related subject, we have developed a kernel mode driver for
   our Microsoft Wireless Optical Mice with Tilt Wheel Technology,
   complete with device file in /dev and all needed ioctls necessary
   for querying signal strength, battery life status, and other misc.
   statistics, for Linux, that we have now ported to the OpenSolaris
   kernel (hence the xpost to c.u.s). My question is, is the same type
   of copyright transfer needed to get this driver into OpenSolaris
   proper? How would we handle code shared between the Linux and
   OpenSolaris driver?

You should ask the copyright holders of Linux, and respectivley

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