Subject: Re: how much right do I have on my project, if there are patches by others?
From: Rick Moen <rick@linuxmafia.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 00:58:48 -0700

Quoting Matthew Flaschen (matthew.flaschen@gatech.edu):

> You said "It turns out that -- as a matter of law, as opposed to ethical
> norms -- the cited community view is pure bullshit."  I merely mean to
> point out that it is not settled who is correct, as a matter of law.

Actually, I think that's amply clear.  As already pointed out, 17 USC
201 provides otherwise concerning collective works -- and the
contributor of a patch would have even _less_ say if the package as a
whole were judged a joint work.

> I am indeed the one and only Matthew Flaschen
> <matthew.flaschen@gatech.edu>.  Exactly what comment are you referring to?

Your own immediately preceding message.

  > It turns out that -- as a matter of law, as opposed to ethical norms --
  > the cited community view is pure bullshit.

  It's far from certain that they are correct about this.  Others, such as
  the Apache project, would seem to disagree.  They have clearly defined
  coauthors, but still require broad and explicit contributor licenses
  (http://www.apache.org/licenses/icla.txt) and take the view that only
  the foundation (not the coauthors) can relicense. 

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