[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 the rules for what is acceptable probably 
vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Does anybody know where a 
digital signature suffices?


Currently, I think the process is that the PSC is responsible for 
collecting agreements from contributors.  The PSC then sends these 
agreements to the OSGeo Secretary.  The OSGeo Secretary maintains the 
agreements.  Not sure how this is working out.


I wonder if something simpler would be possible.

Sample copyright assignment form:
http://tinyurl.com/copyright-assignment

And the records:
http://tinyurl.com/assignments-on-file

Anybody know if this could be made legitimate?  Would OSGeo be amenable 
to having things work this way?  Is this a pipe dream?


Thanks,
Tim

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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 signing an agreement (copyright  
 assignment) digitally.  I know the rules for what is acceptable probably  
 vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.  Does anybody know where a  
 digital signature suffices?

 Currently, I think the process is that the PSC is responsible for  
 collecting agreements from contributors.  The PSC then sends these  
 agreements to the OSGeo Secretary.  The OSGeo Secretary maintains the  
 agreements.  Not sure how this is working out.

 I wonder if something simpler would be possible.

 Sample copyright assignment form:
 http://tinyurl.com/copyright-assignment

 And the records:
 http://tinyurl.com/assignments-on-file

 Anybody know if this could be made legitimate?  Would OSGeo be amenable  
 to having things work this way?  Is this a pipe dream?

For the record, for CLAs, Google (in getting contributions to their
applications/source code) allows digital signing for ICLA contributions,
but requires a faxed document for CCLA contributions. I've followed
the same basic principle with OpenLayers; accepting emailed ICLA documents,
but preferring that CCLAs be mailed or faxed. I don't know if this is based
on anything particularly legal, but it seems to be a common thread in
most setups -- possibly just because if the copyright is owned by a
commercial entity, the risk is higher (Because they can actually afford
to sue you), so corporations take a more strict interpretation of their
legal requirements.

Best Regards,
-- 
Christopher Schmidt
Web Developer
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