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Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Gentoo Linux copyright / CDDL question
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 13:17:30 +0200
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Ceri Davies <> writes:

> On 2006-10-18, Mike Cox <> wrote:
>> (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?)
> FreeBSD absolutely does not require copyright transfer.  I don't
> know about the other three, but I don't believe it's the case there
> either.

I don't think a copyright transfer makes even remote sense without an
identifiable legal entity as the recipient.  When a project is
"community-driven" like Debian, this would not really seem the case.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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