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Re:, question

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re:, question
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 13:01:26 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 25 Aug 2008, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:

GPL is often called "copyleft". It is copyrighted code which depends on the real copyright holder to defend it, but assures the rights (to the source code) of anyone who receives a binary program based on the work. If the copyright holders for a work are not clear and legally defensable then the work becomes indefensable and is really no better than if it was placed in the "public domain". This is why contributors to GPL packages should ensure that the package itself conforms to GPL recommended practices, and that it is clear who wrote (or owns) the code (via ChangeLog, version control system, and/or legal copyright assignment). In order to deal with the ownership issue, all contributors to FSF projects sign a contract with the FSF so that the FSF becomes the owner of their contributed work.

GPL and FSF projects overlap, but are not the same thing (you missed a
paragraph break, as well as the introduction of the second issue).

Thomas E. Dickey

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