[Fsfe-ie] RMS talk, copyright and license

David Cathcart david at cathcart.cx
Tue Jun 1 18:31:47 CEST 2004

Right so, i'll retian the copyright. How do people feel about the the
Creative commons arrtibution liscence
Should i also assign full rights to the ifso (some sort of dual


On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 03:13:05PM +0100, Glenn Strong wrote:
> On Tuesday, June 1, 2004 at 14:45 +0100, Conor Daly wrote:
> > On Tue, Jun 01, 2004 at 01:02:31PM +0100 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
> > David Cathcart thought:
> > > Technically i own the copyright, but i hereby give it to the ifso.
> > > I suggested a faily free liscence that would allow things like this.
> > > Possibly something like:
> > > 
> > > Copyright 2004 Ifso.
> > >  Verbatim copying, distribution, and perforance of all or part of these
> > >  video/audio recordings is permitted in any medium provided this notice
> > > is preserved.
> > 
> > Might I suggest you retain copyright and assign full rights to ifso such
> > that it remains within someone's control should ifso expire.
> I've had large quantities of coffee now, so I can give a more accurate
> than I previously did.
> The legal pedantry of the issue: it is my understanding that IFSO
> cannot own anything (we would have to incorporate a company or the
> like in order to do that), and assets are held by trustees.
> Therefore, either David holds this in trust for IFSO, or he assigns it
> to some other individual to do so. I see no advantage to assigning it
> to anyone else, so David should just hang on to it and allow IFSO a
> license to use it (as Conor proposed).
> > I presume your email is not sufficient legal assignment of rights and
> > you'd have to do it in writing also.  Is this correct?
> Such would be my understanding. But there is no legal entity "IFSO"
> that could enter into such an arrangement (clubs and societies, which
> is what we are, don't have enough legal standing). If there was, then
> if IFSO went away the usual rules for disposing of the assets of a
> company would apply to copyrights held by IFSO, I imagine.
> -- 
> Glenn Strong
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