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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Re: Derby code copyright question
Date Fri, 17 Sep 2004 07:27:23 GMT
On 17 Sep 2004, at 04:59, Roy T. Fielding wrote:

> The problem with such a scheme is that, to be fair, we would have
> to go back through the archives of each project, determine the
> actual copyright holders, and ask if they want to be named by
> a copyright notice.  Some will, some won't, and this will inevitably
> lead to an ego war over the fact that some of the least-contributing
> individuals will be more prominently named throughout the source
> code than those who contributed 80% or more of the code.  Furthermore,
> contributions that came from employed individuals will most likely
> need to acknowledge both the individual and their employer(s).
> Even worse, some of the lawyers for some of those companies will
> erroneously claim that they own all IP generated by their employees,
> and will therefore object if we do try to name them as individuals.

FWIW, this is what eventually stalled the "situation" with the Cocoon 
fork of Rhino of

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