[GRASS-PSC] GRASS Development team as a legal entity

Michael Barton Michael.Barton at asu.edu
Wed Feb 13 12:55:52 PST 2019

Important questions. But I’m not sure if we have the expertise to answer.  Is there a legal expert among us?  Also, since OSGeo is in the US, does that mean that all GRASS has to comply with Us copyright laws?  Many authors are not from the US. How does this work in an international Open Source project.  I have a vested interest in hearing from legal minds because of other initiatives in addition to GRASS.


Michael Barton
School of Human Evolution &Social Change
Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity
Arizona State University

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> On Feb 13, 2019, at 8:56 PM, Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote:
> Hi PSC,
> in the incubator list the question came up if GRASS Development team
> is legal entity to which the copyright can be assigned.
> At time the GRASS Development team is not an incorporated entity but
> usually the first copyright holder name in the source code files is
> the initial author followed by the GRASS Development team.
> If that's legally sufficient I cannot say nor what the implications are.
> Hence this mail to start a discussion on this.
> Best,
> Markus
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