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I've mentioned this before but didn't receive much response, so I'll
mention it again.
Our copyright assignment doc needs to change. Specific problems with it:
* It claims ownership of developer hard drives "...or computer media
relating to the Work.")
* It says "Gentoo Technologies" instead of "Gentoo Foundation"
* It is completely unenforceable for any user (non-dev) that submits
something to bugzilla and/or email@example.com. (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 court.
* 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.
* We selectively enforce who must sign it.
* [minor] http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/devrel/copyright/index.xml needs to
be updated to remove Daniel from the text.
There are a number of ways to solve this. One set of suggestions:
* Eliminate the "...or computer media" clause.
* s/Gentoo Technologies/Gentoo Foundation/g
* Not sure, but it's something we need to resolve.
* Some how find a way to allow storage of files/ files in CVS for which we
cannot legally claim copyright on. I'm open to suggestions on how to
best do this.
* Seek legal counsel on the merit of this document wrt non-US-based devs.
* Either have *everyone* sign it or *no one* sign it.
* [minor] fix the copyright FAQ page.
Until we change this doc, I would like to stop having new devs sign it. It
is causing a number of problems, confusion and general unhappiness on
#gentoo-dev. I don't think it provides a net benefit to Gentoo as it reads
now, (for the reasons outlined above) so I don't see the reason for
Thoughts, opinions, flames, etc.