[FFmpeg-devel] [PATCH] doc/developer: require transparency about sponshorships.

Nicolas George george at nsup.org
Sun Jan 13 12:26:49 EET 2019

Gyan (12019-01-13):
> One angle that I haven't seen brought up is legal encumbrance.
> When someone submits a patch, it is implicit, unless stated otherwise, that
> it is of their own initiative (and their own work), and thus they are free
> to assign copyright. When work is performed for hire, the copyright may
> belong to the employer. Such sponsored work cannot be 'donated' to the
> project unless the employer agrees to it - it is not for the patch submitter
> to decide. In such a scenario, the project should know who holds the
> copyright and under what terms are they willing to submit a patch.

Thanks, I had not thought of that. I added this in the commit message:

* This information is sometimes necessary to determine exactly who 
  owns the copyright for the new code.


  Nicolas George
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