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This may be more of a legal question:

Some guy claims to copyright his source code but he has several publicly exposed source code examples on his website but just puts a copyright notice at the bottom of the site. Is it automatically assumed he can claim copyright on the provided example code he has throughout his 'open source' software directory?

According to the US copyright office, he would need to apply for a copyright on each software sample or software program with publicly exposed source code on his site. Am I right on this? Also, his software samples on the site have no declaration of any licensing at the top of each sample. Can he still enforce licensing or copyright protection without the declaration?

He claims people can only read it but NOT copy it for their own use or distribution. I thought this defeats the purpose of open source although his site is declared an open source directory.

Can I assume his source code is for the taking since he has no licensing declarations anywhere in the code?

I thought you can only copyright screens and workflow. Can you legally protect algorithm or programming logic?

Thanks for providing this great resource.


migration rejected from Jul 2 '15 at 15:56

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closed as off-topic by durron597, gnat, MichaelT, Snowman, Dan Pichelman Jul 2 '15 at 15:56

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There is nothing wrong with letting people see how a given piece of code is written. Is immensely helpful when investigating issues and figuring out workarounds. – user1249 Apr 10 '11 at 9:48
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for very specific legal advice that we cannot provide. Please read What types of legal questions are on-topic here? and When is a software licensing question on topic? – durron597 Jul 1 '15 at 21:26