I completely agree with Alan and Frank. Could not have said it better.
On 11/25/05, Alan Kennedy <jython-dev@...> wrote:
> [Frank Wierzbicki]
> > Although the changes are small and I really do believe that everyone
> > has the best of intentions, I'd rather err on the side of caution and
> > ask for an appropriate Nokia rep to fill this out:
> Although IANAL, I completely agree with Frank on this.
> I think it is very important for Nokia's position on this contribution
> to be competely clear, up-front and under explicitly stated conditions.
> If an explicit statement of contribution is not made, then jython is
> potentially left open to claims of copyright infringment, patent
> infringement or even trade-secret appropriation.
> Given the depressing development in recent years of various corporations
> using IP licensing issues as a way to beat up on the FOSS community, and
> beat up on each other, I think it is very important that jython's IP
> position be protected. Not that I distrust Nokia per se: I would make
> the same request of any corporation that contributed to jython.
> The contribution process and agreement is simple, and is custom designed
> by legal experts to protect jython and python in relation to these matter=
> Although this may slightly complicate the contribution process, if this
> requires OKing with Nokia's legal dept, then I think that's a good
> thing: let's all be clear where we stand.