ZDNet: Linus Torvalds and Linux Code of Conduct: 7 Myths Debunked

September 25, 2018

Partner Heather Meeker, who regularly works with open-source software licensing, explains that copyright ownership in the Linux kernel “is complicated. It's like a patchwork quilt. When developers contribute to the kernel, they don't sign any contribution agreement or assignment of copyright. The GPL covers their contributions, and the recipient of a copy of the software gets a license, under GPL, directly from all the authors. The contributors' individual rights exist side-by-side with rights in the project as a whole.”

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