Re: Licensing and copyright

On Sun, 2004-02-22 at 13:34 +0100, Jean-Michel POURE wrote:

> Le Dimanche 22 Février 2004 04:40, Jeff Waugh a écrit :
> > > Please send me any comments you have, or if you prefer to directly edit
> > > the XML, send me changes in unified context diff format (diff -u).
> Dear Rob,
> On page, you write:
> "For example, you don't trust the Free Software Foundation not to later 
> relicense your software under terms you don't agree with, you shouldn't 
> assign your copyright to them."
> I do not quite agree. The FSF and Richard Sallman have proved to be very 
> reliable over the years.
> The issue is not a question of trust, but a question of law. Authors should be 
> aware of worst case scenarios (any comments are welcome):
> Worst case scenario 1:
> "After assigning the copyright to the American FSF, authors should be aware 
> that their work falls under the umbrella of the American law, including the 
> DMCA. Of course, in case of dispute, the FSF will do its best to defend 
> authors, although authors may have to show-up in court themselves."

The DMCA would actually beneficial to the copyright in this case, as it
provides even more power to the copyright holder, but that doesn't mean
that I support the act.

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