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From: Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o>
Subject: copyright assignment doc
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 18:13:16 +0000
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 submissions@g.o.  (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
requiring it.

Thoughts, opinions, flames, etc.

--kurt

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