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<p id="category"><a href="/activities/ftf/ftf.html">Legal</a></p>
<h1>Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA)</h1>


<p>A Fiduciary License Agreement (FLA) is an agreement between the owner of
a copyright and a fiduciary. The FLA a transfers some of the right of use
from the copyright owner to the fiduciary. Other than a collecting society the
FLA is about <i>grouping</i> the interests of the copyright owners at the
fiduciary (and not the distribution of the product).</p>

<p>The usage of a software is governed by a license agreement.
Free-software-projects usually have more than one copyright owner who work
collaboratively on that project. In case there happens a violation of the
license agreement this distributed copyright might cause problems because in
case of a lawsuit all the copyright owners may need to be present.</p>

<p>The FLA bundles all the rights of the copyright owners at the fiduciary. He
can then effectively push the interests of the copyright holders in court.</p>

<h3>What is the FLA?</h3>

<p>The Fiduciary Licence Agreement (FLA) is a copyright assignment that allows