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

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 23:23:40 PST 2019

Thanks for taking this up Markus:

I know when GeoTools went through incubation we had to change our codebase
from "(c) GeoTools Project Management Committee" since it was not a legal
entity; indeed retroactively creating a legal entity was shot down as an
idea also. The good news is that we have some recent legal guidance from
on this topic.

The examples that were provided to to incubation simply listed Copyright
(c) GRASS Development Team. The approach you describe using "initial author
followed by grass development team" sounds much better, it is very similar
to what our friends at the eclipse foundation
<https://www.eclipse.org/legal/epl-2.0/faq.php#h.aq5xwcjmpy2a> do: *Copyright
(c) {date} {owner} [and others]*

Jody Garnett

On Wed, 13 Feb 2019 at 11:56, 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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