Subject: Re: Nees help selecting a license
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2003 11:06:54 -0400

Christophe Dupre scripsit:

> It seems to me that TrollTech is already doing something similar, but what
> isn't clear to me si how to deal with 3rd party patch submission. Clearly,
> we would not be the copyright owner of those patches, and so wouldn't have
> the right to sell commercial licenses for them, yet we'd like to not have
> to maintain two versions of the code.

Do what the FSF does: don't accept any patches without a written assignment
of copyright to you.  (It has to be in writing, or the magic doesn't work.)

A poetical purist named Cowan           [that's me:]
Once put the rest of us dowan.          [on xml-dev]
    "Your verse would be sweeter
    If it only had metre      
And rhymes that didn't force me to frowan."     [overpacked line!] --Michael Kay
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