Software copyright is the extension of copyright law to machine-readable software

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What exactly is copyrighted, the text of the code itself, or the design? [on hold]

I am both the sole developer for a relatively small company and someone who enjoys programming as a hobby. Recently, for one of my personal projects, I started making a framework for a RESTful API and ...
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When I modify and redestributes software that is originally using the MIT License, can I revoke the right to sell my modification?

There is a piece of software, free, and open source, under the MIT License. I make modifications to it, make it better, etc. I distribute this new software, also for free and open source. But can I ...
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Does ShareAlike mean, that if I include a resource released under CC-BY-SA in my program, that I have to release my entire code?

The FAQ states: ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original. That makes sense - if I want to ...
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private copyright to include in the closed source code for the company [closed]

I'm wondering on what's the practice of writing in the copyright area to use for the company I work for. Earlier I was working solo but now we have hired more developers. Company is not so much ...
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At what point do you drop attribution to original work?

Lets say I have a project which has evolved over the past year. When I began the project, I looked around for open source projects which provided as much of the base system as I could find, and ...
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Accusing closed source of using open source?

I might be missing something obvious, but how can an open source community accuse a closed source developer of copyright/license infringement? That is, if a piece of closed source software used open ...
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How exactly do exclusive code rights work? [closed]

I was asked by a client to submit a proposal for a web-app he wants to built. This client is a startup with a relatively good traction so far (as it seems). I have been asked to draft up a contract ...
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Is specifying copyright necessary in a closed source project?

I am working on a back-end, closed-source system for my company, the code for which is never likely to be open-sourced. Is there any reason for including a copyright notice and year at the top of each ...
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Distribute software without license [duplicate]

I wrote a small tool for a game which I now want to present and distribute in the games official forum. Since a few days I'm thinking about which license I should use to distribute my program. I ...
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Copyright for collaborative group

Is there a recommended copyright (eg as BSD is to licensing) agreement type of template that could be used or altered for collaborative software work? I aim to start a collaborative work that would ...
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Can someone else copyright my wordpress plugin if I don't own any copyright for it?

Assuming I have a plugin hosted on wordpress.org, can someone else just take my plugin and copyright it? Can they take the name of my plugin and copyright or trademark it (assuming I do not have it ...
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Open Source Licensing and Intellectual Property Rights [closed]

Is it possible for a developer to lose rights to work on a self-created, open-source-licensed project after an outside company, developer, or organization copyrights (or takes some other legal action ...
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Should copyright notice appear on new additions with MIT Licence?

If a library licensed under MIT licence is copied and extended on, should new additions contain the copyright notice as well? Considering that the additions may at some point overwhelm the initial ...
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Web software license for redistribution by our customer [closed]

I work in a web agency; we developed a web application for a customer. Once the app was done, the customer asked us the property rights for our whole app so he can sell it to others. In this case, ...
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(How) should I change the copyright notice in a translated work?

I cannot find any guidance on this. Do I need to change the copyright notice for an application that is automatically translated from a programming language into another one (and recompiled and ...
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Does Un copyrighted software or code fall automatically under copyright? [duplicate]

A programming tutorial, code, software anything that doesn't have a copyright notice or a license ,is it automatically copyrighted to the author ? or its the same as something under public domain or ...
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How to enforce copyright in source code for use by others [duplicate]

I have coded a project for private use. I currently have no intention for commercializing it but the plan might change in the future. A friend of mine now wants to use it for his project, and asks if ...
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Providing production code samples as part of an invited freelance work proposal? [closed]

I have only recently started to market myself as a 'programmer' rather than an analyst or something else entirely. In a recent search of freelance/part-time/contract work, I came across an ad for a ...
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Copyrights for Open Source projects [duplicate]

Say I'm developing a piece of Open Source software (BSD-Like permissive license) and I write the initial release entirely on my own. After the initial release however I would like numerous other ...
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GPL Copyright notice in fork of dual licenced software when copyright of original has been sold subsequently

Since 2009 we are developing a fork of a CMS that was started in 1999 as commercial project, but released 2009 additionally under GPL. The original programmer sold copyright, code, name and website in ...
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Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project? [duplicate]

Suppose, that Alice started a GPL-licensed project. Later, Bob married Alice, joined the project and made a 50% contribution to it. Then they broke up, Alice sued Bob and by court decision took his ...
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Which license should I use in the program? [duplicate]

I have developed software that I would like to sell commercially. I don't know which license I should use. I've never used one before. I don't I think need/should to write one myself. Basically, I ...
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Does CC0 allow sublicensing of derived works?

I want to release all my future FOSS projects under a "public domain" license such as CC0. This is in order to avoid the requirement for attribution present in most FOSS licenses, mainly when the code ...
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Who owns the copyright in a patch file?

I'm trying to determine OSS compliance for a body of source code, part of which includes sections from OpenEmbedded, and contains a lot of patch files, as they (seem to) try to adapt various tools. ...
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Cloning existing software for commercial purposes - legal implications

I have been asked to clone some existing software for a company. Basically its an old 16 bit DOS console app, which was supplied free of charge in I believe the late 80's. Having replaced the machine ...
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What license is the GPL License licensed under?

The actual GPL License (that is, the text that contains the words "The licenses for most software and other practical works are designed...") is a document; I would assume therefore that it is under ...
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What's the copyright status of boilerplate code?

I check Open Source Compliance for commercial code. I have recently found a few examples where the commercial source is matched against quite a few OSS projects. The matches are very similar, but ...
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license and copyright assignment

I'm currently working on a wordpress plugin. My client gives me a specs doc (a powerpoint presentation, if you can call that a specs doc), and I code the requested functionality. Every time I send ...
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Can I use a part of another program without having to give away my rights on my own code?

I'm currently making a game and want to use some textfiles (lists of names) that are covered under the GNU General Public License (or the Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License). Do I have to ...
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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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Where does one draw the line between inspiration and plagiarism? [closed]

Suppose one would like to use in an iOS app only one function from a GPLv3 library that contains a large number of them. One cannot simply link the whole library beacuse otherwise the resulting ...
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Copyright license for an open source project when copying a few files from another project [duplicate]

I'm working on a library which I'm releasing under the MIT License, but I plan to copy a few useful classes from another open source project which is released under the Apache license. Obviously, I'm ...
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Copyright on own implementation of Standard C Library

I am busy writing a bare-bones Standard C Library for my hobby OS. I am only including the functions I really need for now but the library is still referenced as 'libc' in my source and I plan to ...
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Citing Borrowed Code

If you borrow code from some source, it is probably best to cite it (like "adapted from [source]"). However, if you take let's say you borrowed this function (example in C++): void doWork() { ...
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What is the proper copyright information? [closed]

I want to know what should I write in copyright part? I mean the copyright part when you right click on the executable, click properties, and click the details tab. I was developing a little tool ...
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In which file types I should include the copyright header? [duplicate]

My manager told me to include 15 line copyright notice on top of every file. I am not sure whether I need to include in sql, xml, txt, documention, config files or even html templates. In which ...
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What to do if my own opensource code greatly resembles another project's code?

I'm writing a Java class, part of an opensource game development framework under the Apache 2.0 license. There is another framework, under the same license, that happens to also have a Java class ...
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Do I have to include the Copyright notice from the original author?

I'm using some codes that I modified, from Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming to create another project, the project is released under GPL V2. The License agreement is written here, it ...
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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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How does copyrights apply to source code header files?

It seems I heard that header files are not considered copyrightable since they can only be written one way (like a list of ingredients or facts). So a header file for a specific DLL will always look ...
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Using private vs company devices for development at work

I'm employed at a mobile app development company since 4 months as Android developer. It's my first job as developer. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common ...
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Do software licenses (ie, MIT) need to be included with the executable?

Whenever a software license reads: ... The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. Does this mean you have to ...
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Software Licenses: No Distribution and Private Selling Using Dual Licenses [closed]

I recently wrote a couple of WordPress Themes in PHP and was wondering what license I should put on it. I don't mind users reusing my code, but I don't want them to be able to sell and redistribute my ...
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Who owns modifications to open-source software?

Suppose a piece of software is distributed under some permissive license, e.g. BSD. Now, I modify this software and want to distribute my derivative work. My questions: Who is the owner of the ...
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Is renewal of MIT license needed on github at the beginning of each year?

I am using the MIT LICENSE in all of my github projects. The second line says 2013 at the top. For having the copyright to hold in future(i.e. after 2013) does it need to be changed each year or is it ...
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Not copyrighting code and then reusing functions later

I'm coding something for my job to copy directories and then use regex to make all the filenames uniform. I'm an undergrad student programmer for my university and I'm not sure what a professional ...
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Copyright registration against future patents [closed]

Short question: Could registering a work containing probable patentable ideas at one or more copyright registraion services (such as CRS) be used to effectively prove prior art in case someone tries ...
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Is it legal to imitate how an API looks? [closed]

I want to make an open-source graph thing which looks and behaves very similarly to Google Visualization API, but it would be based on Flot. Is this legal, or must I not imitate Google Visualization ...
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Would copyrights drop if I re-write open source project into another language?

I have re-written an open source project from java to haxe, then from haxe compiled to javascript, with totally different UI So, the question is, is the code considered to be mine after rewriting it ...
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What percentage of change is considered artistic license vs. a clone in video game development?

I'm a "weekend coder" developer making mobile apps and games and I've had the desire to make my own version of a game made for the Commodore 64 back in the early 80's by a small publisher e.g. Not EA ...