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Re: changing content licenses (OPL => CC BY SA)

On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 12:54:00PM -0400, Eric Christensen wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-06-25 at 11:54 -0400, Jon Stanley wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM, Eric
> > Christensen<eric christensenplace us> wrote:
> > 
> > > Could we setup a vote and give access to all those in the groups of
> > > Docs, translators, etc and if we get any no votes we request them send a
> > > message to someone or a group or a list and explain why they don't want
> > > to change?
> > 
> > I would think that you would require the explicit consent of every
> > contributor in order to relicense.  If if we technically don't
> > according to the CLA, it would still be the Right Thing To Do(TM).
> > 
> Do the individual contributors retain copyright on things they submit to
> the Fedora Project on behalf of the Fedora Project?

Yes.  The CLA is only a grant of a very broad copyright *license*; the
author retains copyright, there is no copyright assignment going on.

The broad copyright license AIUI (& IANAL) does give Fedora the right
to relicense, even possibly works that were specifically licensed in

That's one thing we are sloppy about in content, unlike code -- we
don't have a LICENSE file for each contribution to make it clear what
the license is, etc.  The CLA provides a cover, if you don't specify,
we'll put it under X license.

- Karsten
Karsten 'quaid' Wade, Community Gardener

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