[implementations-list] Re: [gnu.org #393190] Dear FSF clerk,
here are all my questions about copyright assigment
jasonspiro3 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 00:57:38 CET 2008
2008/12/1 Donald R Robertson III via RT <copyright-clerk at fsf.org> wrote:
> It is great to hear that you are interested in contributing to Emacs.
> There's actually a bit of process for getting your work included in
> Emacs that I'm not sure you have gone through yet. If you have, I
> apologize. You should go to https://savannah.gnu.org, if you are not
> already a member there, then sign up and login. Then go to the Emacs
> page, then click on the members list. There is a link there to a form
> for requesting inclusion on the project. We won't need to have an
> assignment on file until you go through this process and have your work
> Putting your work in the public domain is okay, as such work can be
> included in the GNU Project. The only issue really is that proprietary
> developers can use your work if it is in the public domain.
> As for the rest of your questions, I think we should just hold off on
> them until we know that the work is going to be included. It's better to
> have someone take a look at a work before determining whether an
> assignment is needed, and that takes a bit of time to do. If the work is
> not included in Emacs, then we can about other options you might use to
> get your work distributed freely.
> Thanks again for your interest in contributing, and good luck.
> Donald R. Robertson, III, J.D.
> Assignment Administrator
> Free Software Foundation
> 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor
> Boston, MA 02110
> Phone +1-617-542-5942
> Fax +1-617-542-2652
Hi Mr. Robertson,
No, I have not applied to get either of the two works into Emacs yet.
I and others agree it that Vimpulse is too buggy to get into Emacs
yet. And I don't care enough about viper-in-more-modes to try to get
it into Emacs. But I want to make sure the projects can easily get
into Emacs when needed. So I think I will get all the contributors to
release their contributions to the public domain. I will probably do
so by asking them to go through the clickthrough public domain
dedication process at
http://creativecommons.org/license/publicdomain-2 and then forward the
email receipt they get to the bug tracker. Do you think that is a
good and safe method for people to dedicate work to the public domain,
that will work no matter what country they come from (e.g. Canada,
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