[IAEP] Sugar Labs Individual Membership
gdk at redhat.com
Fri Sep 12 08:30:08 EDT 2008
> Healthy communities and volunteer-driven organizations are based on
> personal trust and not on prosecution of those who breach legal
> agreements. Beware of those who tell you otherwise: they might be
> lawyers in disguise!
This is well and good, until someone steals a piece of Sugar code and
stuffs it into a proprietary application. At that point, issues like "who
has standing to defend this codebase in a court of law" are no longer
niceties, but absolute necessities.
Contributor agreements exist to specify and protect rights, both of the
project and of the participant. It's not internal forces you're seeking
to protect yourself from with such agreements -- it's external forces.
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