Collaborative Virtual Workspace License (CVW)

Jonas Oberg jonas at
Wed Aug 22 09:55:59 UTC 2001

João Miguel Neves <joao at> writes:

    If the FSF ever is taken over all the GNU project could be transformed
    into proprietary software because the GNU project has a similar clause:
    all the software must have its copyright assigned to the FSF.

I'm afraid this is incorrect in several ways. First of all, the copyright
assignment signed by many developers for software which are part of the GNU
Project, guarantees the developer that future releases of the software made
by the FSF shall be released as free software.

Second, the inclusion of a program as part of the GNU Project does not
necessarily mean that the copyright must be assigned to the FSF. This is
a different issue and one that is decided upon in a discussion between the
FSF and the author(s) of the software.

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