Subject: Re: Who holds the copyright?
From: DJ Delorie <dj@delorie.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 16:56:24 -0500


> IIRC, though, Cygnus has signed a blanket copyright assignment such
> that all of their gcc work belongs to the FSF, which would not leave
> them free to sign such a contract.  Perhaps those who know more about
> the situation could comment.

What Cygnus provides to its customers is a guarantee that work will be
done on their behalf, and distributed only to them.  This allows them
to have software ready to go when their product ships, without leaking
information about their product before it's ready.  Regardless of the
legal maneuvers involved, Cygnus has a reputation for not sticking it
to the customers, so even though the software is GPLd and modified by
Cygnus, only the customer gets it.

One may always choose to relinquish one's own rights.

> Not that it matters.  If someone wants gcc ported to their chip,
> it's presumably because they want to distribute the gcc port, and
> they can't do that except under GPL anyway.

The catch is that they don't want it distributed *prematurely*.