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From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Stefan Kaltenbrunner <stefan(at)kaltenbrunner(dot)cc>
Subject: Re: [COMMITTERS] pgsql: sslinfo contrib module -
Date: 2006-09-04 20:31:02
Message-ID: 200609042031.k84KV3i07229@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > Tom Lane wrote:
> > > petere(at)postgresql(dot)org (Peter Eisentraut) writes:
> > > > sslinfo contrib module - information about current SSL certificate
> > > > Author: Victor Wagner <vitus(at)cryptocom(dot)ru>
> > > 
> > > It was premature to add this: Bruce is still trying to get a copyright
> > > assignment out of the author.
> > 
> > I got it this morning.  The text they sent was:
> > 
> > > > The copyright has to be removed so it can be copyrighted by the
> > > > PostgreSQL Global Development Group.   Is that OK?  We can still keep
> > > > your name and company at the top.
> > > 
> > > Yes, it can be removed. I just wasn't aware that copyright transfer is
> > > neccessary. Most open-source projects don't have such a requirement, and
> > > individual portions of code are copyrighted by their respecitve authors.
> 
> I still don't understand why is the copyright "assignment" needed at
> all.  Is it even valid, given that the PGDG does not have a written/
> signed document?  At least the FSF requires you to given them a written
> and signed statement to that effect.  And if it's not valid, why bother
> doing it at all?
> 
> Also, the code is released under BSD license, so why is it important if
> it says "Copyright Foo, Inc" or something else?  We will be able to use
> it regardless of the copyright assignment, as will anyone else.
> 
> One point may be that if PGDG doesn't have a "Copyright" line in the
> header, it can't then automatically increment the year in there when the
> time comes.  Does this have anything to do with it?  It may also have to
> do with when someone from PGDG fixes a bug in that code.

[ Patch author added as CC.]

I think we just felt that an explicit copyright to someone else in our
code could be confusing.  I don't believe there is any fundamental
reason to remove it, but it just seems best to do that.

-- 
  Bruce Momjian   bruce(at)momjian(dot)us
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