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Not All Copyright Assignment is Created Equal

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In an interview with IT Wire, Mark Shuttleworth argues that all copyright assignment systems are equal, saying further that what Intel, Canonical and other for-profit companies ask for in the process are the same things asked for by Free Software non-profit organizations like the Free Software Foundation.

I recently quit using Ubuntu in part because of Canonical's assignment policies (which is, as Mark correctly points out, not that different from other for-profit company's assignment forms.)

However, it's quite disingenuous for companies to point to the long standing tradition of copyright assignment to the FSF as a justification for their own practices. There are two key differences that people like Shuttleworth constantly gloss over or outright ignore:

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