[maemo-community] Council Meeting

From: Andrew Flegg andrew at bleb.org
Date: Sun Apr 15 21:36:43 EEST 2012
On 15 April 2012 19:26, Graham Cobb <g+770 at cobb.uk.net> wrote:
> On Sunday 15 April 2012 17:53:15 quim.gil at nokia.com wrote:
>> A legal entity can only make a formal agreement with another legal entity.
>> That was/is the case of the KDE Free Qt Foundation, which seems to be a
>> source of inspiration of this proposal -
>> http://www.kde.org/community/whatiskde/kdefreeqtfoundation.php
> IANAL but I don't agree.

Me neither, and thank you Graham for posting what I was going to (but
better put, as ever ;-))

> An agreement with a legal entity *might* be the right answer, but Nokia
> could also just publish a licence available to anyone who follows certain
> rules (e.g. no derived works, proper acreditation, non-commercial, or whatever
> rules Nokia wants -- not necessarily a CC licence but along similar lines).

Or even more restrictive such as (OTTOMH), "for the building of
software for, and use with, Nokia devices originally shipped with

>> "maemo.org" is just an Internet domain (owned by Nokia). The Maemo
>> community is not a legal entity.
> But a legal entity could be set up if necessary.  Personally, I prefer the
> "licence anyone, under certain conditions" approach (not least because it
> could be perpetual, instead of requiring the entity to continue to exist).

Indeed. I'm eager to see the non-legal entity routes exhausted first
as, as you say, there's a continued existence aspect (and, the
corollary, that the entity is pursuing the agenda it was originally
established with) but also that I think it could be a step change in
the amount of work.



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