Questions regarding either legal ownership of code or taking responsibility for code within a project.

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How to transfer code responsibility to another developer [duplicate]

I'm in a situation at work where I have to transfer responsibility of a large code base that I inherited, re-factored and enhanced to another developer. This is the first time that I have to do such a ...
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How can I hide my signature in a program?

We have a university programming course and fellow students are asking some programming questions in our Facebook group. I'm a little hesitant to share all of my programs, especially if it's something ...
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How to address the concerns of the software architect but still maintain collective code ownership? [duplicate]

The quality of the code in our software is indeed lacking. When you change a line of code in one component it usually breaks code in other components. Our software architect blames this on collective ...
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Reassigning Ownership Automatically

Are there any software licenses that automate the reassignment of ownership? For instance, in a usual circumstance, you have a license, and then you make all contributors sign off that by ...
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Who owns code if project cancelled

The problem: I am working on a freelance marketplace, and I decided to cancel project with one of my clients, because client is impossible to work with with limitless delays and lots of bugs in his ...
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How do I take responsibility for my code when colleague makes unnecessary improvements without notice?

One of my teammates is a jack of all trades in our IT shop and I respect his insight. However, sometimes he reviews my code (he's second in command to our team leader, so that's expected) without a ...
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Wrote an application for a friend. Who is the owner of the software? [closed]

Friend asked me to develop a software application for him. I did and he paid me. There was no written contract. I live in UK and he resides in Canada. My question is: who is the owner of the software ...
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In Agile development, who owns the software “features” and how to you manage the development?

Some development teams in my company are switching to Agile development practices and their developers' work seem to be diminishing to discuss and program minutia about trivial software features ...
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What constitutes a programming language and how does one copyright a programming language?

I've decided to create a programming language of my own, mostly just for fun. However, I got interested in the legal aspect of it all. You can, for example, licence specific programs under specific ...
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What exactly does the condition in the MIT license imply?

To quote the license itself: Copyright (C) [year] [copyright holders] Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated ...
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Does Fred Brooks' “Surgical Team” effectively handle the bus factor?

My team of 4 experienced developers works on a large, modular Windows application (approx. 200 KLoC). I have focused on the core codebase since the beginning of the project (3 years ago) and have ...
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Unwritten rules of rewriting another team member's code

We are practicing collective code ownership. To my understanding this means that any developer can change any line of code to add functionality, to refactor, fix bugs or improve designs. But what ...
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Code ownership: What should I do when a dev leaves or team splits? [duplicate]

There are multiple ways of tracking code ownership (i.e., collective, team or individual). In case of team or individual ownership, how do you: track ownership? deal with situations when dev leaves ...
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Is code ownership a code smell?

This is something I've been thinking about ever since I read this answer in the controversial programming opinions thread: Your job is to put yourself out of work. When you're writing ...
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Is individual code ownership important?

I'm in the midst of an argument with some coworkers over whether team ownership of the entire codebase is better than individual ownership of components of it. I'm a huge proponent of assigning every ...