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Re: [sunlightlabs] Pass on to your local university - Code the Change: Call for Projects for the Fall 2012 Code Jam

From: Tom Morris <tfmorris@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:41:54 -0400
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To: sunlightlabs@googlegroups.com
Cc: newswire <newswire@groups.dowire.org>, "locallabs@forums.e-democracy.org" <locallabs@forums.e-democracy.org>, eGovIG IG <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, "mySociety public, general purpose discussion list" <developers-public@lists.mysociety.org>, "open-government@lists.okfn.org" <open-government@lists.okfn.org>, arodrig1@stanford.edu
Code the Change has a very strange view of equitable licensing:

They want coders to not only donate their time and expertise, but also
all commercial interest in the code?
That's quite a reach!

I'd suggest that all coders refuse those terms and instead offer a
perpetual, worldwide, non-revocable, royalty-free license WITHOUT
copyright assignment and without ANY restrictions on their own use of
the code.  If the coders are feeling generous, they can include
sub-licensing rights too.

I'm disappointed that an organization recruiting volunteers would
attempt to take advantage of them in this way.


On Sat, Oct 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM, Steven Clift <clift@e-democracy.org> wrote:
> They have chapters where local computer science students can get hands on
> experience coding typically non-profit web projects.  See:
> https://codethechange.org/join/start-a-chapter
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Yosem Companys" <companys@stanford.edu>
> Date: Oct 12, 2012 11:25 PM
> Subject: [liberationtech] Code the Change: Call for Projects for the Fall
> 2012 Code Jam
> To: "Liberation Technologies" <liberationtech@lists.stanford.edu>
> Cc: "Alejandro Rodriguez" <arodrig1@stanford.edu>
> From: Alejandro Rodriguez <arodrig1@stanford.edu>
> Code the Change is hosting an event on Saturday, 11/03, from 12 pm to 8 pm.
> The location of the event will be Studio 1 at the Stanford d.school. You can
> find location details here.
> The information that you need to sign up is at
> http://codethechange.org/organizations.  Our guidelines for a Code Jam
> project are at http://codethechange.org/organizations/code-jams and the
> registration itself is at
> http://codethechange.org/organizations/code-jam-application. We will be
> sending out the deadline for project registration soon.
> This event will follow a free-form model where coders choose their projects
> at the start of the event.  This means that it's up to you to convince these
> coders to work on your project.  In our experience, coders are most likely
> to choose projects that have a representative available for consultation
> (live is best, but over phone is okay) and that have specific project
> guidelines (sketches and an interaction outline would be great!).
> Let me know if you have any questions, and we look forward to working with
> you!
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