[Board] The geotools license agenda item

Martin Desruisseaux martin.desruisseaux at geomatys.fr
Thu Aug 9 20:29:17 PDT 2012

Le 10/08/12 08:27, Jody Garnett a écrit :
> The foundation would justly be annoyed if a PSC relicensed an existing 
> project under a closed source license. The same setup can occur if a 
> contributor is free to set the license of a derived work. Indeed we 
> would be placed in a very strange spot where the header would need to 
> show OSGeo copyright, but the rest of the header could outline a 
> license not in keeping with our goals.

Just for the record, my understanding is that what a contributor do with 
its own contribution has no impact on the project. I mean, a contributor 
can re-license a separated copy of his contribution, but no re-licensing 
done on contributor's side can have any impact on the project license, 
especially not on derivative work done by other peoples. The "derivative 
work" that a contributor can distribute according the Copyright 
Assignment is only the contributor's own derivative work.


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