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Re: Advise about missing copyright info

Florian Weimer <fw@deneb.enyo.de> writes:

> * Ben Finney:
> > (Please follow the Debian mailing list code of conduct. I didn't
> > ask for personal copies of messages also sent to the list.)

Florian, you've quoted this text but seem to have ignored it. Again,
please follow <URL:www.debian.org/MailingLists#codeofconduct> and stop
sending me copies of messages that are also sent to the list.

> > I've not seen the Dissident test applied [to the identity of the
> > copyright holder].
> <http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/01/msg00821.html>
> and the surrounding discussion seems pretty instructive.
> > I don't see that the Dissident test applies to the copyright
> > holder
> The issue is that someone who modifies and distributes a work may
> well turn into a copyright holder.

Note that the Dissident test, as written in the DFSG FAQ
<URL:http://people.debian.org/~bap/dfsg-faq.html#dissident>, mainly
discusses "forced redistribution" to parties other than the intended
recipient. That's not an issue here.

A party who wishes to exercise their freedoms can do so without
identifying themselves, if they anonymously declare that all their
modifications are transferred to the existing copyright holders.

This allows them full exercise of all the freedoms under DFSG. DFSG
requires the freedom to modify and redistribute, but does *not*
require the freedom to hold copyright in one's modifications.

So I don't see that it's non-free, even under the Dissident test, to
require identification of a person who chooses, above and beyond what
the DFSG guarantees them, to become a copyright holder in the work.

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Ben Finney

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