HOST - Assembla Inc. Breakout - Copyright Violation by Mr. Andy Singleton

Ilias Lazaridis ilias at
Fri Oct 6 16:13:44 CEST 2006

Richard Brodie wrote:
> "Diez B. Roggisch" <deets at> wrote in message
> news:4omn7jFfe26cU1 at
> > This is on the same level of interest to the communities of python, ruby & java as the
> > color of my socks this morning - a deep black with cute little skulls imprinted.
> I did find Andy's claim that he expected contributors to sing a
> copyright transfer agreement somewhat unreasonable. It would
> depend on the tune though, I guess.

Such agreements seem to be nothing special within Software Business
(although the Assembla one looks a little bit one-sided). Companies
have to ensure that they own the software, otherwise they cannot sell
the product.

For a contribution which happens based on reduced rates and in context
of Open Source, such an agreement is of course inacceptable (developer
looses all rights).

That's why I've provided an alternative agreement (Joint Copyright),
which covers the needs of both sides:


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