[Spi-private] IRC log from 2003-02-04 SPI Board meeting

Michael Banck mbanck at gmx.net
Wed Feb 26 00:28:46 UTC 2003

On Tue, Feb 25, 2003 at 12:54:36PM -0500, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> If I'm going to write software, and donate my efforts and my
> intellectual property the Open Software community, that's my choice.
> I've done this on many occasions.  But one thing that I will NOT do
> after making such a free donation of my efforts is to sign something
> which explicitly puts my house and all of my savings at risk.  If IBM
> refused to put its corporate assets at risk when it donated the s390
> binutils changes to the FSF, why should I risk mine?  As a result, I
> will refuse to donate code to any project which requires me to sign an
> agreement with similar language.

Fair enough. But on the other hand, I guess SPI has to decide whether
*it* wants to take up any risks and stand up for whatever code it
accepted. What happens if some company decides they have a patent on
something and tries to sue us into oblivion?

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