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Re: trademark infringement FreeFOAM



On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:36:16 +0900 Miles Bader wrote:

> Gerber van der Graaf <gerber.vdgraaf@gmail.com> writes:
> >> I think that accepting contributions only when the contributor transfers
> >> his/her copyright is indeed allowed for GPL software: actually it's
> >> what the FSF does...   :-(
> >
> > I didn't know that and that's quite strong. Do they also erase the names
> > of contributing authors, as OpenCFD is requiring?

Erase the names of the authors?!?
Does OpenCFD Ltd. do that?
How can it be consistent with moral rights?

The right to be identified as author is a moral right recognized by the
Berne Convention
http://wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/berne/trtdocs_wo001.html#P123_20726
and by UK copyright law
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/section/77
and by several other copyright laws...

[...]
> p.s. I think the FSF in general plays it quite fair; I'd treat a
> for-profit company with a lot more skepticism.

I don't think that requiring copyright assignment from contributors is
a fair game, not even when practiced by the FSF.
However, if you trust the FSF to always take "good" decisions on
licensing matters (I don't), you are of course entitled to your
opinion...


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