[Incubator] Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] process for copyright assignment

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at wheregroup.com
Fri Apr 17 03:52:05 EDT 2009

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Frank Warmerdam schrieb:
> Arnulf Christl wrote:
>> On that issue: The Mapbender PSC has voted to move copyright ownership
>> of the project to OSGeo (this happened several months back but I never
>> followed up). Currently almost all copyrights furtunately lies with
>> CCGIS whereof I am the owner, so it will be a one step thing. What do I
>> need to do to move the copyright to OSGeo?
> Arnulf,
> The copyright holder(s) would sign a document assigning the copyright to
> OSGeo and forward it to Tyler to be filed.  I believe you can adjust the
> GeoTools agreement to name your project:
>   http://download.osgeo.org/osgeo/legal/GeotoolsAssignmentToOSGeo.odt
> Once this is done it is also desirable to update copyright messages in
> the source files accordingly, though this is not strictly required.
> Ideally all committers (or their companies as appropriate) should be
> signing the document if you want copyright uniformly held by OSGeo.
> Best regards,

Thank you, will do.

The PSC also decided to make Mapbender available under a dual licensing
scheme adding the New and Simplified BSD License[1] to the existing GNU
GPL. Would it make sense to do this before or after moving copyright to
OSGeo? Formulated the other way round: Once copyright lies with OSGeo,
what process would be required for the PSC to change the license?

Best regards,

[1] http://opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php
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