Subject: Re: Who holds the copyright? (was Re: The merger: a user's perspective)
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 16 Nov 1999 12:44:03 -0500

   Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 05:10:31 -0500
   From: "Bradley M. Kuhn" <>

   However, IIRC, there are a number of free software products for
   which Cygnus and/or Red Hat holds the copyright on.

All GNU software that Cygnus works on is copyright FSF.  Cygnus made a
blanket copyright assignment to the FSF a long time ago.  This
includes gcc, g++, gdb, binutils, and dejagnu.  Although glibc is not
a Cygnus project, the current glibc maintainer (Ulrich) works at
Cygnus; glibc, too, is copyright FSF.

I expect that Cygnus holds the copyright on eCos.  It may hold it on
some parts of gdbtk (aka Insight), and on some parts of newlib.  But
Cygnus doesn't have the copyright on any of the basic free software
tools with which Cygnus is associated.

I don't know about Red Hat.

I also don't know what the status of Cygnus's blanket assignment will
be after the merger completes in January.