Re: Reiser{3,4}: problem with the copyright statement

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Thu Nov 11 2004 - 17:08:28 EST

On Thu, 11 Nov 2004, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> I have no problem with dual-licensed code, but I do strongly dislike
> having this "unlike you explicitley state otherwise, you transfer all
> rights to Hans Reiser" in the kernel.

I don't see any reasonable alternatives. The alternative is for Hans
Reiser to not be able to merge with the kernel, which is kind of against
the _point_ of having a dual license.

If the wording grates or assignment is an issue (and yes, in the US you
technically really need to have an express _signed_ assignment, implied
assignments just don't work), asking people to make their changes PD
instead might work (they'd obviously immediately be subsumed under the GPL
as far as the kernel is concerned, but would allow the dual-licensing to
continue to work).

That said, I don't think at least _this_ particular area has been
problematic, because quite frankly, very few people end up working on
other peoples filesystems, so as far as I can tell, almost all reiserfs
fixes have really been mainlt due to interface changes, nothing else. So
assignment of copyright etc doesn't really ever become an issue, if only
because copyrights require a bit of actual artistic value ;)

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