List Archive: gentoo-trustees
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To whom it may concern:
I have been informed that you have received our request for possible
legal consultation regarding our copyright assignment form. The current
copyright assignment form can be found at
The Gentoo Trustees have identified the following points of concern:
* It claims ownership of developer hard drives "...or computer media
relating to the Work.")
* It is completely unenforceable for any user (non-dev) that submits
something to bugzilla and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. (we're not
requiring them to sign this doc, so it's not enforceable)
* Because we allow the storage things like kernel patches, etc. for
which we do not own the copyright, in CVS (in the files/ directories),
it shows that we're selectively enforcing the copyright assignment. In
the past, this has often resulted in the entire document being tossed in
* It is questionable whether or not we have any legal right to enforce
copyright claims for non-US devs. They're not US citizens, so it's not
clear if they're subject to US copyright restrictions/assignments.
Please keep in mind that the above list may not be comprehensive.
Thank you in advance for your time, and if there is anything that you
need, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gentoo Foundation Trustee
Gentoo Linux Developer
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