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Re: Copyright assignement for Debian tools?

On Sat, Feb 09, 2013 at 06:51:54PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:
> It wouldn't make sense to assign copyright to the Debian Project, but
> it might make sense to assign it to some of our trusted organization,
> like SPI. I'm myself not aware of mechanisms offered by SPI to allow
> volunteer copyright assignment. Hence I've just asked on the
> spi-general mailing list if that is something the organization is
> interested in supporting. I'll let you know if I hear back of anything
> actionable; in the mean time you can follow the discussion there.

The thread is at

In essence, at present there is no standardized mechanisms to assign
copyright (or enter into specific licensing agreements, e.g. to delegate
SPI the power to do license enforcement and/or relicensing) to SPI. My
inquiry has raised some interest in the matter and things might change
in the future, but they are not there yet.

There are entities using copyright notices "Copyright (c) SPI..." (as we
do in our website), but the validity of that practice is dubious. I'm
myself skeptical it would do any good when it really comes to needing
it, but IANAL.

Bottom line: sorry Thomas, not much help at the moment. But thanks to
your inquiry things might change in the future. (And might change faster
if someone interested and knowledgeable on these matters will join SPI
and help out.)

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