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Re: Advise about missing copyright info



On Tue, 25 Sep 2007 17:57:34 +1000 Ben Finney wrote:

> Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> writes:
[...]
> > Wait, are you saying that you consider DFSG-free to require transfer
> > of copyright to the original author(s) in order to redistribute
> > modified versions of a work?
> 
> No. That's only necessary if they want to do *all* of the following:
> 
>   - maintain a clear copyright ownership path (which I argue is
>     necessary to avoid unfair burden on all recipients of copyright
>     status verification), *and*
> 
>   - modify the work (thus creating the question of copyright status of
>     those changes), *and*
> 
>   - redistribute the modified work, *and*
> 
>   - refrain from giving any personally-identifying information.
> 
> The latter is *not compatible* with also holding an
> externally-verifiable copyright in the modified and redistributed
> work.

IMO, free software cannot force people to do the first item (maintain
a clear copyright ownership path).

It's of course highly desirable, so that we have a less hard time in
verifying the copyright status of work (should we need to do so, in
order to check whether it is really free software).  And the Debian
Project could not feel safe enough in distributing packages with an
unclear copyright ownership path: hence I think it's OK if the Project
refuses to distribute anonymously (or pseudonymously) copyrighted
packages.

Nonetheless, I *don't* think that *requiring* modifiers/redistributors
to maintain a clear copyright ownership path is DFSG-free.


As usual: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.


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