On 2011-05-26 at 12:01, Olav Vitters wrote: > Given that we already have a policy on copyright assignments, I > wondered what is your position regarding contributor agreements? > Should the board do something with contributor agreements and if so, > what should be done?
as a developer and maintainer that has fought for two years to remove the copyright assignment (and a contributor agreement) on a project I worked on from within the company I work for, I can only say that we should have the same position on both. contributor agreements are just a "diet copyright assignment"; they introduce a barrier to contribution, and an asymmetry on the work of people helping a project. the only barely acceptable kind of contributor agreement is the one where one end is firmly held by a non-commercial entity; but even then the barrier to contribution can become too high. many new contributors arrive to a project because they have a small itch to scratch; if they have to send paperwork to fix their small issues you're effectively adding stop energy. so my personal stance on the matter is that both are generally wrong, with contributor agreements being only slightly less wrong and only in certain cases. ciao, Emmanuele. -- W: http://www.emmanuelebassi.name B: http://blogs.gnome.org/ebassi _______________________________________________ foundation-list mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-list