☞ Good Rules & Bad Rules

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"Fail" under whose definition, Simon? Doesn't it depend on your reasons for creating your community in the first place? If you want FOSS-focused developers to contribute to your core project, then yes, distributed copyright or community-owned copyright might get you more contributions, everything else being equal. But that isn't the only reason to have a community. If you want to foster a community that builds applications or plugins for your project, while retaining the ability to offer both free and paid/extended versions, and you are less interested in community contributions to your core code base, then a copyright assignment might make more sense. There is no one answer, business objectives govern the choices, and copyright assignment is not inherently "evil". It is just one of a menu of options that drive different objectives.

Posted by Rich Sands on February 10, 2010 at 10:50 PM PST #

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