bazaar-ng copyright policy

Martin Pool mbp at
Thu Apr 21 10:06:11 BST 2005

On Thu, 2005-04-21 at 08:48 +0200, Jérôme Marant wrote:
> Quoting Martin Pool <mbp at>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > It has been proposed that we should keep all of the bazaar-ng code
> > copyright by a single entity, as is done by Python, Zope and Apache.
> > That entity will be Canonical Ltd, which has committed to make the
> > project always remain free.  This allows actions down the track such as
> > adding licence exceptions to link to other code or legal defense without
> > having to chase down all the original authors.  To effect this we will
> > need to ask for a copyright assignment note in gpg-signed email with
> > nontrivial patches (say >15 lines).  Does this sound reasonable?
> Hi,
> Are you sure it won't prevent people to contribute?

No, I'm not sure and I am concerned about that.

> Considering that many people are reluctant to assigning paper to the
> FSF, do you think they'll be less reluctant to assigning paper to
> a private company, whatever are its intents?

Other projects do it without requiring paper, which is easier than the
FSF method.

> As a developer, I'd rather assign my copyright to the FSF than to a
> private company (no offence to Canonical I do thank for funding this
> project).

Yes, I can understand and sympathize with that.


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