[Harmony-Review] Assignment to a non-profit should be required to stay with a non-profit
David A. Wheeler
dwheeler at dwheeler.com
Fri Apr 8 21:53:32 UTC 2011
Many people (including me) perceive assigning to a non-profit as being *fundamentally* different than contributing to a for-profit. But with the the current text, after assigning to a non-profit, the work could end up getting controlled by a for-profit. Maybe the non-profit went bankrupt or for some other reason had to "sell" its assets; maybe a judgement forced a transfer. I think that will have a chilling effect on potential contributions.
I think the assignment text needs to add a clause like this: "If we are a non-profit at the time of your submission, then your contribution cannot be later re-assigned to a for-profit organization." Or something like that. That way, for-profits and non-profits can use the same agreement, but contributors will know that what was contributed to a non-profit will stay that way.
--- David A. Wheeler
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