Subject: Re: Which License should I pick?
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 09 Dec 2003 18:16:27 -0500

Scott Long <> writes:

> I hadn't considered the issue of ownership of copyright for contributed 
> code. Is it common for open source projects to stipulate that contributors 
> either transfer copyright or agree to allow the owner to change the 
> license?

It's fairly common, though not universal.  All GNU projects require a
written copyright assignment, as do a number of others.

> If I asked for such an agreement would I be scaring away 
> potential contributors?

You might scare away a few.

license-discuss archive is at