Bug#388141: Debian official web site is still non-free
Le Sun, Jan 08, 2012 at 11:17:02PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli a écrit :
> I'm under the *impression* that an important amount of people objecting
> copyright assignments do so to avoid the risk that their contributions
> get re-licensed under terms that go against their moral beliefs about
> software freedom. That is why I won't sign a copyright assignment to a
> for-profit entity.
in my understanding, there is still a big difference between copyright
assignment and re-licensing, even if we trust the license to be free.
- In the case of assignment, the author has to comply with the license
chosen by SPI.
- In the case of re-licensing, the author can still use his work under
the license he prefers.
Imagine for example that I write for the Debian Med project's pages a short
explanation of what ‘biological sequence alignment’ means. In that case, I
would like to keep the option to re-use my work freely. However, if the
website were copylefted, and if I would transfer my copyright, this would
restrict my possibilities to re-use my own work.
For that reason, I think that copyright assignment and choice of license can
not be separated. Which is another good reason to go for relicensing or
copyright disclaiming instead.
Have a nice day,
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan