[TOS] Textbook authors: Copyright Assignment, please respond

adam hyde adam at flossmanuals.net
Fri Sep 18 08:27:13 UTC 2009


On Thu, 2009-09-17 at 17:36 -0400, Greg DeKoenigsberg wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Sep 2009, Ross Gardler wrote:

>    + TOS as an org.  We're not there yet, I don't think.
>    + FLOSS Manuals as an org.  I don't know that FM exists as a legal
>      entity either, since the copyrights seem to mostly be owned by
>      Adam Hyde.

The only copyright that is assigned to me is for chapters I created (I
would say that is about 2% of the total chapters in FM). Please see the
credits section of each manual to determine who owns the copyright for
the chapters in that manual.

FM is a Stichting (Not-for-Profit) Foundation based in Amsterdam). 

I'm happy to sign any agreement on copyright on behalf of FM to help you
guys get closer to 'go'. :)


>    + Some company.  I'd like to avoid that.
>    + An individual.  I suppose this could be me, or Adam Hyde of FLOSS
>      Manuals.
> None of these options seem particularly appealing.  It's a tricky problem.
> Since we've all agreed that the license will be BY-NC-SA, it's a trivial 
> matter to reuse the content you write if you sign away your copyright. 
> It does, however, mean that you would lose the right to dual license that 
> content -- if, for instance, you also wanted to sell the rights to your 
> chapter to some Linux magazine or something.
> The first question, though, is a simple one: authors, are you willing to 
> assign your copyright to some single entity?  If the answer is yes, we can 
> figure out what entity that should be.  If the answer is no, then we're 
> basically saying "no CLA, so sorry Ross."
> Input welcome (and, in fact, required) from authors on this question.
> --g
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