The purpose of this agreement is to clearly define the terms under which intellectual property has been contributed to the ASF and thereby allow us to defend the project should there be a legal dispute regarding the software at some future time.
MySQL is the owner and copyright holder of the entire MySQL product, whereas Linux does not have one single entity as a copyright holder. This makes the MySQL Dual Licensing model possible. The MySQL users benefit from this in the form of further product development financed by MySQL (with currently over 80 developers on MySQL’s payroll). While MySQL has developed most of the MySQL database itself, and continues to do so, MySQL also wants to simplify the processes for contributors to MySQL.
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