[TOS] Textbook authors: Copyright Assignment, please respond

Ross Gardler ross.gardler at googlemail.com
Fri Sep 18 08:16:24 UTC 2009


I've explained the issues at least three times on this list. It all  
boils down to being able to tracking IP so that any future disputes or  
reuse scenarios don't hit a roadblock.

Any project must manage it's IP correctly.

Sent from my mobile device.

On 18 Sep 2009, at 02:40, Chris Tyler <chris at tylers.info> wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-09-17 at 23:29 +0100, Ross Gardler wrote:
>> 2009/9/17 Greg DeKoenigsberg <gdk at redhat.com>:
>>> * This also requires a single copyright holder -- i.e. the party  
>>> with whom
>>> the CLA is binding.  Which would require all authors to sign away  
>>> their
>>> copyright.
>> This is incorrect.
>> There is no need for authors to sign away their copyright, they need
>> only grant a sufficient rights to release the copyright under the
>> agreed licence. More information on how CLAs work is at
>> http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/cla.xml
>> As a community we already discussed and agreed that individual  
>> authors
>> will retain their copyright, so the CLA will *not* require copyright
>> assignment, only licence grants.
> If every author grants CC-BY-SA, why do we need a CLA? The complete  
> book
> is a collection of CC-BY-SA documents. (Surely we don't need a  
> physical
> signature on paper to believe that license is granted -- I have 3000
> packages on two computers right here, and not a physical signature in
> sight!)
> --
> Chris
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