[OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Tim Schaub
Hey- Not sure if this is well understood or has been covered here before. I'm curious about the role of the foundation in licensing code for distribution. If an OSGeo project assigns copyright to OSGeo, I imagine it is OSGeo that ultimately makes the decision on how to license the code for

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Christopher Schmidt
On Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 11:12:43AM -0800, Tyler Mitchell wrote: On Wed, 18 Nov 2009 11:16:13 -0500 Frank Warmerdam warmer...@pobox.com wrote: I know that in practice, this is probably the way things already are. Why rock the boat? Why assign copyright to OSGeo in the first place [2]?

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Frank Warmerdam
Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote: A few questions about copyright have come across my desk or face-to-face at events this year. Frank, for the sake of others on the list, could you give us an overview of what does it mean to be an OSGeo project if OSGeo itself does not hold the copyright?

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Tim Schaub
Hey- Frank Warmerdam wrote: Tim, The PSC is considered to be a committee of the foundation, and in particular it's representative is considered to be an officer of the foundation (corporation) giving them some ability to speak for the foundation legally. Ok. I didn't get this from a read

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Frank Warmerdam
Tim Schaub wrote: Sounds like the process goes like this (if OSGeo holds copyright): 1) PSC votes on license 2) PSC chair advises OSGeo board 3) OSGeo board decides on license Tim, Actually the steps would be: 1) PSC votes on license 2) PSC chair declares motion passed, and directs the

[OSGeo-Discuss] copyright assignment

2009-11-18 Thread Tim Schaub
Hey- I'm interested making simpler the process of collecting maintaining contributor agreements. Specifically in the case where a project wishes to have contributors transfer copyright to OSGeo. I recently had the pleasure of signing an agreement (copyright assignment) digitally. I know

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] role of foundation with regard to licensing

2009-11-18 Thread Tim Schaub
Brian Russo wrote: So to sum up the themes of this thread.. OSGeo really just acts as an administrative body within with projects can have some legal existence, but effectively has no say on day-to-day tasks involving projects, etc. The actual direction of the projects sponsored by OSGeo is

Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] copyright assignment

2009-11-18 Thread Christopher Schmidt
On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 12:47:43PM +1000, Tim Schaub wrote: Hey- I'm interested making simpler the process of collecting maintaining contributor agreements. Specifically in the case where a project wishes to have contributors transfer copyright to OSGeo. I recently had the pleasure of