I started an OSS project with a fellow coding enthusiast in 2014 (that has since pretty much left the project, although as far as I can tell he's still following everything that's going on). Since the beginning, the copyright notice on the software's installer and "about box" reads:
© Copyright 2014-2018 Mathieu Guindon & Christopher McClellan
However I've since transferred ownership of the GitHub repository from my account over to a GitHub organization "Rubberduck VBA".
While my own contributions remain substantial (I'm still #1 contributor), the team has grown, and I feel core contributors have taken the project to new heights and made it achieve things I couldn't have dreamed of achieving on my own.
I'd like to change the copyright notice to read as follows:
Copyright © 2014-2018 Rubberduck VBA
I feel that would better reflect the collaborative nature of the code base, and would make me feel much better about standing on the shoulders of the amazing people that have contributed to the project, some much smarter than me.
The repository currently has over 600 "stars", and according to Open Hub the team is "one of the largest open-source teams in the world, in the top 2% of all project teams on Open Hub".
So I opened an issue on the repository to change the copyright notice, but then one of the contributors raised the question "is Rubberduck VBA an entity that can assert copyright?" ...and I don't know the answer.
- Can I do this? Can a GitHub organization be made the copyright owner?
- Should I do this? Is it stupid to do so?