2
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2answers
78 views

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 ...
8
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1answer
619 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
175 views

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 ...
1
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3answers
302 views

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 ...
11
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5answers
762 views

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 ...
5
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1answer
575 views

Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?

I've found a project on Github that I'm interested in contributing to which claims to be open source and has a GPL license included with it. But the original author has added a copyright ...
0
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1answer
124 views

Appropriate License for Available-Source, No-Unauthorized-Distribution

I have a program (technically an addon to a program) whose code I want to be freely available for educational purposes or to create derivatives for personal use. However, I do NOT want to allow ...
2
votes
2answers
449 views

Developer name in the copyright notice of files contributed to open source project?

I am developing a small application which I want to make open source. Currently only my work is on the application, and so in all the files I have put up a copyright notice in my name. Now when I ...
0
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1answer
266 views

Open source licenses (specifically GPL) & gamemaker's source format

Now with gamemaker studio source files are no longer stored in a proprietary format - instead they are stored as simple XML files containing all data. Now I am wondering, can projects created with ...
2
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2answers
358 views

Is there a license for selling a software with the sources so buyer can make modifications without claiming ownership of the code or distributing it?

I would like to sell a software that has some open source competitors. Therefore I would like to include the source code with the binaries so that the company buying it can modify it as it wishes. The ...
5
votes
1answer
474 views

Copyright notice in CSS or XML files

I'm currently working on an open-source project. Currently, we put our copyright notice at the top of every Java source file. I was wondering whether it was advisable or common practice to put ...
4
votes
2answers
340 views

Copying (forking) an open source project to your own repository

I'm currently using an open source project called CodeFirstMembership for one of my projects. There's a critical issue that I need to get past, and the more I use it, the more I find things I need to ...
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3answers
424 views

is it okay to remove copyright info from a free, open source API even if you are explicitly told not to do so? [closed]

Just wondering if text such as the following, which appears inside the source files of a free, open source API, means anything in a court of law // Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, ...
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3answers
293 views

Is making my own copyright licence safe?

I've seen various open source libraries (actually I've seen it for assets as well) having a home-baked license in the following manner : SomeGuy's License:1. You can use this code freely in ...
10
votes
6answers
2k views

Open source code with no license… can I fork it?

A few years ago somebody created a bunch of really awesome and quite popular shell scripts. They don't work in the latest version of Mac OS X, because a filepath has changed. All you need to do is ...
7
votes
4answers
1k views

What copyright date for an update to an open-source project from last year?

In 2011, I released some open-source code that was licensed using the Apache license. As such, all the source files have this boiler plate message at the top: /* Copyright 2011 My Name ...
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votes
5answers
555 views

Is there a way to prevent others to steal your open source project and use it to make a profit?

This might seems like a silly question to ask, but I can't really figure out the answer. The title pretty much says it all. Let's say you have an open source music player, along comes someone, copies ...
9
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8answers
399 views

Does it make sense to license unit tests?

I am wondering if there are any benefits / risks of (not) putting a licence on test code which mostly consists of unit tests. What do you think? I am particularly interested in licensing under ...
7
votes
1answer
466 views

How do I dual license?

I'd like to open source a project of mine under GPL v3. Additionally, I'd like to sell a license for those who wish to use the code in a proprietary application. How do I go about releasing my ...
15
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3answers
2k views

“Do Whatever You Want” License With Attribution

I'm looking for an open source license that lets people do whatever they want - just like the MIT license - just as long as they attribute the original author, i.e. me. Does a common license exist ...
0
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3answers
306 views

Get code from one open source project and add it to another

I found some functions that I want to get from WordPress source code and add want to add them into my project which is going to be open source. Do I simply get the functions that I want and add them ...
4
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1answer
266 views

When they say its open source it means i can take their pictures?

when they say that a project is open source (i.e. LifeRay) does it mean that I can take anything I want from that project? I want to use some of the icons used in LifeRay portal for my own ...
3
votes
3answers
827 views

Software licensing and Copyright of Open source

I have seen some source code containing Copyright notice in the beginning of the file. Most of them are either GNU General Public License or Apache License. If I want to develop any open source ...
4
votes
3answers
594 views

Will a copyrighted code get into public domain once its copyright expires?

Since source code license is protected through the Copyright Law (Berne Convention to be precise), and all copyrighted material will be in public domain for certain number of years, depending on which ...
2
votes
2answers
161 views

Open source for software, copyrighting, etc?

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
349 views

What is the preferred way to protect ownership of one's code (e.g. copyright, licenses, etc)

I posted some open source code on soureforge, and someone got in contact with me stating they intended to use my algorithms for a commercial product. I don't want this to happen, what should I do? ...
2
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3answers
137 views

Software license options

Is there a software license that allows free access to source code, but does not allow redistributing any binaries, either direct from the source code or modified source code for a limited time? The ...
19
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1answer
2k views

What's the right way to fork/re-use code from an open source project?

Let's say I am working on an open source project and want to re-use a trivial utility function from another open source project (for example, a file search/replace function). Is it legal to copy the ...
13
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4answers
7k views

Copyright notices/disclaimers in source files

It's a common practice to place copyright notices, various legal disclaimers and sometimes even full license agreements in each source file of an open-source project. Is this really necessary for a ...