Re: More fun with Title 17 USC
Anthony DeRobertis said:
> (Sec. 201(a)):
> Copyright in a work protected under this title vests initially
> in the author or authors of the work. The authors of a joint
> work are coowners of copyright in the work.
> So, I wonder, how many open-source works qualify as joint works? There
> would certainly be some benefits (e.g., making clear who can sue for
> copyright infringement --- any of the authors) but some serious
> downsides too (like any of the authors being able to grant
> non-exclusive licenses, without the other authors' consent).
I don't think one coowner would be able to change the license terms of the
work as a whole without the consent of the other coowners.
Real property that is co-owned requires consent of all owners to be
transferred (such as a house that is coowned by husband and wife, etc).