Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Jul 2007 19:23 UTC, submitted by wibbit
Apple Apple has bought the CUPS code base, and has hired it's lead developer. "CUPS was written by Michael R Sweet, an owner of Easy Software Products. In February of 2007 Apple Inc. hired Michael and acquired ownership the CUPS source code. While Michael is primarily working on non-CUPS projects, he will continue to develop and support CUPS, which is still being released under the existing GPL2/LGPL2 licensing terms."
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RE[2]: Copyright assignment
by Anonumous on Fri 13th Jul 2007 01:51 UTC in reply to "Copyright assignment"
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As I said, there are valid reasons for copyright assignment. Anyways...

OpenSolaris is under CDDL (which according to the FSF isn't a strong copyleft license, whatever that means exactly... not 100% sure) and the Apache project is under the Apache license (which isn't a copyleft license either). Nothing wrong with that, but they have already sort of missed out on the quid pro quo philosophy. I might consider contributing smaller patches to projects like these but nothing major. But in that case, it's dubious whether I have the right to assert any copyright at all anyway.

I wouldn't contribute to MySQL, no.

As for FSF projects. When it comes to not closing up the code or doing something else that goes against the spirit of GPL, I think the FSF can be trusted... don't you think? ;)

The beauty of the GPL is that there is an implicit trust which is important for companies etc. It's one of the reasons I think Linux etc have bean so successful with large corporations (and I think Linus agrees ;) .

Edited 2007-07-13 02:02

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