Why so few Python jobs? (and licenses)

Mark mmealman at tarsis.org_NOSPAM
Wed Oct 10 16:13:51 CEST 2001


In article <9pvhra$4me$1 at animus.fel.iae.nl>, Carel Fellinger wrote:
> Mark <mmealman at tarsis.org> wrote:
> ...
>> No. If I wrote a module and placed it under the GPL, I still own the
>> copyright on that module.
>> That gives me the right to release that code under any other license as I
>> see fit, even though I can never take away anyone's right to use it under
>> the GPL.
> 
> That depends.  IIRC, if you get substantial contributions from a
> particular person that person owns the copyrights for his/her
> contributions.  Small contributions, on the other hand, *probably*
> don't `leak' copyright, so if you only accept small patches you might
> be safe, in general you aren't.

That's pretty much what I was talking about, smaller code contributions.


>> IMHO submitting patches to a program does not give you any copyright hold
>> over that program, although I don't think it's been legally tested yet.
> 
> Ofcourse you don't get copyright over the full program, but you get to
> keep the copyright of your own patches, atleast when they are
> sufficient substantial.

Agreed.



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