Re: Licensing and copyright

On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 10:36 +0100, Jean-Michel POURE wrote:

> > If the FSF went evil and took all the code people had assigned and made
> > it proprietary, they would be breaking their promises in the assignment
> > contract.  If the contract was voided then the ownership of the code
> > would revert to the original owner, which would mean they had no right
> > to change the license on the code.
> Again, the GPL and the FSF have proved very efficient and are not at stake.
> The following remarks were brought to your attention:
> [1] In the event of a court battle, individuals and authors may have to appear 
> in front of US courts, even if the FSF is defending them.
> [2] In the event of the FSF going bust (after a court battle for example), the 
> judge may not be bound to the FSF contracts. In certain circumstances 
> (terrorism, war, the FSF going bust, etc...), a judge may be able to rewrite 
> the FSF contracts and sell its assets to the most offering company.
> This outlines the drawbacks of putting "all eggs into the same basket".  My 
> concern is that the assigned rights may fall under the umbrella of one single 
> law system. 
> Large companies organize differently. For example, oil companies do not 
> concentrate ownership of all assets in one single country. On the long run 
> (50 years or more), it is safer to spread ownership in several countries.
> I see no problem in Japanese citizen assigning rights to the FSF Japan, 
> Russian citizen assigning rights to the FSF Russia, etc...

If these FSF "bureaux" actually exist, there is nothing keeping citizens
in any country that is a member of the WIPO from assigning joint
copyright to all of the "bureaux."

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