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Submission + - Why Contributor Agreements Are Community-Toxic (

WebMink writes: "A project dubbed "Harmony", imitated by Canonical, is trying to get so-called "contributor agreements" standardised to save corporations money. But the process could also standardise on copyright aggregation, where community participants donate their work to corporate sponsors. Many big open source communities — including Linux, Apache, GNOME and Mozilla — avoid doing so and have large communities as a consequence. This comprehensive article explores the reasons corporations want copyright aggregation and the reason it's toxic to open source communities."
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