Copyright assignment for potential future free software project

João Miguel Neves joao at
Thu May 1 14:47:51 UTC 2003

First, I am not a lawyer.

You don't need that person to assign copyright to you. That person can
retain the copyright of what he/she does and publish it with the GPL.
From a legal point of view you might be in a better position if you get
the copyright assigned to you.

I recomend you to read the following question of the GPL FAQ:

A Qua, 2003-04-30 às 08:22, Marc Baaden escreveu:
> Dear all,
> we are starting a project, which we intend to put under GNU license and
> distribute freely according to Free Software guidelines.
> I will be the main coordinator of the project, but eg for startup there
> will be a person working for about 4 months on some initial framework.
> Now I wonder whether I should make this person sign any kind of copyright
> assignment or so, in order to be able to deal with licensing issues etc.
> on my own, once we get to a stage where the software will be useful to
> more people than just ourselves.
> Can someone give me some guidance about the legal issues involved here ?
> a) will the person working temporarily on the project have copyright on
>    her work ?
> b) is there a standard form to fill in or so
> c) are there other precautions to take
> d) [very specific] are there other people working for the French research
>    organisation CNRS who know which general steps to take to ensure all
>    copyright issues with respect to developed software are resolved ?
> Thanks very much in advance,
> NB: as I am not subscribed to this list, please include my address in 
>     replies
> Kind regards,
>   Marc Baaden
João Miguel Neves <joao at>
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