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Fiduciary Licensing Agreement

Fiduciary Licensing Agreement

At the General Assembly of KDE e.V. in August 2008 the membership voted to adopt a Fiduciary Licensing Agreement as the preferred form for assigning copyright to KDE e.V.

Copyright assignment is a personal act. It is entirely optional and at an individual developer, contributor or copyright holder's discretion whether to assign copyright to KDE e.V. or not. While there are various legal avenues available to do such an assignment, a Fiduciary License Agreement is one that preserves the spirit of Free Software and is easy to administer.

The form for the Fiduciary Licensing Agreement is available from the resources page, where you fill find three documents:

The difference between the FLA for KDE SVN account holders and othe contributors is that the code to which the FLA applies is specified differently. If you have a KDE SVN account, you can write "all code contributed with my SVN account". The Relicensing Policy restricts the ways in which KDE e.V. can relicense the code for which it holds the copyright.

The Fiduciary Licensing Agreement was created in cooperation with the Free Software Foundation Europe.

Versions of the FLA

The text of the FLA and the relicensing document has changed over time. Only the text of the particular document you may have signed applies. Most changes are of minor importance, but they are documented here.

  • 1.3.4 Updated post address of KDE e.V.
  • 1.3.3 Updated post address of KDE e.V.
  • 1.3.2 (with associated FRP version 1.3.1) Added FLA with boilerplate text for KDE SVN account holders.
  • 1.3.1 Clarify text and remove some licenses from FRP that we don't actually want to use.
  • 1.3 Clarify text by referring to specific version of KDE e.V. charter.
  • 1.2 Changes of address.
  • 1.2 Changes in the way the document is created.
  • 1.1 Initial version (the FSFE document is considered version 1.0).

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