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Re: Language Setup Document (Re: Text drawing bug - gaps after 16th char

From: Kazunobu Kuriyama
Subject: Re: Language Setup Document (Re: Text drawing bug - gaps after 16th character ...)
Date: Wed, 09 Jul 2003 04:59:16 +0900
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Adam Fedor wrote:

On Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at 08:45 AM, Kazunobu Kuriyama wrote:

Stefan Böhringer wrote:

It might be the one I privately sent to Adam Fedor several weeks ago.
The code I added to the source sums up a few hundred lines, making
the source code twice as much as it is. So I have to deal with
some legal stuff together with the Free Software Foundation for the patch to be applied to GNUstep officially. I asked the FSF to send me a form for
that procedure. But I haven't received it yet. That's why I can't
make it public.

Certainly you can. It's just that GNUstep will not incorporate the patch
until you refrain from copyright.

Thank you for your comment.  But I'm still wondering if I can relinquish
the copyright to the Free Software Foundation *unilaterally*. Have you ever
done like this before?

I'm not sure what you mean here. The copyright for something can only be 'owned' by one person or entity. You give the copyright to the FSF so we can incorporate the code into GNUstep. However, in the document that the FSF asks you to sign, they will give back to you non-exclusive rights to the code you contributed. So that, for instance, you can use the code somewhere else (for instance in a non-free program, if you wish(1)).

(1) Of course that only applies to the code you contributed, not the rest of GNUstep.

Then, may I confirm the following?

Can I give the copyright of my code to the FSF even after I make the code public? In other words, is it possible for the FSF to claim the copyright of some code which has already been made public? Or do I take the matters
too seriously?

I know these questions are somewhat ridiculous. But some of property laws are as such, aren't they?

(Don't imagine how precious my code is! The reason I'm prudent is simply because I don't like to get involved
legal matters any more :-) )

- KK

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