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

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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 ...
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I have a previous invention (software / framework) that I plan to use on my new job. What happens to my copyright if I improve it during the job?

I have filled that standard form where you list your previous inventions before starting your new job so the employer is legally aware you have the copyright over them. But if I want to use this ...
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Copyright law with regard to MIDI tracks in games [closed]

I'm trying to understand what the law says about the use of MIDI or otherwise synthesized representations of songs under copyright within computer games, be they online or installed. I have read ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What if I forgot to include someone elses copyright info in old commit?

Assume I have a public source code repository. Am I violating copyright laws if there's any old commit where I have not yet added all copyright info for other people's open source code? Details: ...
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how to properly credit authors of MIT license program

Although I have found similar questions on this site they were not what I was looking for. I have modified the source code of an MIT licensed project, and I have added new classes to it as well. ...
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Can I distribute a software with the following permission notice

I've recently written a piece of software (without any other contributors) for a company which I part own. I was wondering if I could distribute it with the following permission notice, which is a ...
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Publish a software with copyright and license

I just read some artical about publishing software and I am personally developing some random metero application at the moment. The artical were suggesting the software should have a publisher ...
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Can graphics in the public domain be used in commercial software?

For example: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Epithalamus.png Could I take an image file like that, splice it apart, and use it in an application that would be sold?
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Licensing a project

Can someone clarify the following things for me ? Let's say I want to build a website and add publicity to it so I can make money out of my work. I would use Html5 for the interface and C# with ...
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programming contract work and copyrights [closed]

Quick question guys. It may be country dependent so this question is more directed towards EU citizens. If I did a programming job, raised an invoice but never got paid, am I still holding the ...
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How to copyright and license individual code files

I have a habit of writing small, reusable components in my spare time. I reuse these components with my clients' code bases. It occurs to me there's a potential issue that using identical code for ...
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How to manage a copyright notice in an open source project?

I'm working on, and adding to, a GitHub-hosted project that includes this LICENCE.md (apparently the MIT licence verbatim): Copyright (c) 2012 [Acme Corp] Permission is hereby granted, free of ...
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What is the significance of each paragraph of the GPL “copying permission statement”?

Part of the FSF's instructions for placing a program under the GPL is including the following "copying permission statement" at the top of your file, under the copyright notice: This program is free ...
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Placing of copyright notice in source code

I'm about to release a project of mine that I'm really proud of under the GNU GPL and I have some questions: Should one attach a copyright notice on each and every source code file from their ...
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Copyrighting software, templates, etc. under real name or screen name?

My question is hopefully simple--should I copyright my work (art, software, web design, etc.) under my real name or my screen name? My real name and screen name are also easily connected with a bit of ...
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Is there a difference between “self-plagiarizing” in programming vs doing so as a writer?

I read this Gawker article about how a writer reused some of his older material for new assignments for different magazines. Is there any similar ethical (societal?) dilemma when doing the same ...
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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 ...
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Is it legal to use icons from some other application while developing?

On my machine while developing I'm using icons from other application (in particular MS Paint and Paint.NET) as sign for the user that if he chooses to open that file (with our own internal command) ...
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Can I legally use the icon of a different software?

Suppose I am including a feature in my image-viewing software, which opens an image in Photoshop ('Send to Photoshop'), using Photoshop's OLE automation framework. Am I allowed to use the icon of ...
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Copyright question about building a similar app

A client wants me to build a Wordpress plugin similar to an app on Windows Phones. Although the app that I will build will be different in many ways (such as the UI, logos, graphics and a couple of ...
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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 ...
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Would this violate any copyright issues? [closed]

I am currently publishing a paper on skin detection. However, I need to find the appropriate histogram bin size for each colorspace. I recently came upon a paper that published what it found to be the ...
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Do I have to remove my app from app store? (Copyright infringement)

I just got an copyright infringement notice that says my app infringes on the usage policies of the services my app uses. However, this mail does not come directly from the company that runs the ...
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Copyrights concerning code snippets and larger amounts of code [closed]

I am designing a public code repository. Users will be allowed to post and edit whatever amount of code they want, from code snippets to entire multi-file projects. I have a few major legal concerns ...
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What kind of copyright laws should I be aware of when creating software?

I'm trying to build a winform so I can play a web based game and have some other little utilities on the side. I do not plan on ever selling this or even distributing it to more than a handful of ...
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How to get contributors assign copyright for copyright holder?

Let's say we have a company and we release our project under LGPL && GPLv3, as you know the only thing here is about contribution. People commit bug-fixes/features to the project, it's fine ...
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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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Automatically update copyright date range from git?

As I write, we're 10 days into 2012. I bet many programmers are editing the copyright string at the top of their source files to something like: // Copyright 2008, 2010-2012 Some Company Unlimited ...
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Copyright Laws for Apps

For my app that I'm about to release, I have used a bunch of 3rd party classes found for free online. I checked all the liscenses before using the code and each one said I could use the code ...
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Do I need to get permission to access a site's data or functionality programmatically?

I'm creating an application which will programmatically sent HTTP GET and POST requests to a site and processing the data received. If I want to release that application, do I have to get permission ...
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Copyright statements in source code [closed]

Ever since I started programming I've seen a header at the top of most code files indicating some sort of copyright: e.g. /* Copyright (c) 1998 Innotech */ or /* Copyright (c) 1998-2008 Innotech ...
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How should I license code written for a startup without a contract?

I wrote a fair amount of code for a startup, but I haven't signed a contract before doing so. The only document that I signed with them does not mention the fact that I have to pass the rights on the ...
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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 ...
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How do I display copyright correctly when using components with multiple permissive licenses?

I am writing a commercial application that will make use of some open libraries licensed under different licenses. For example one library will be licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, another will ...
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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 ...
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MIT and copyright

I am contributing to a library that is licensed under the MIT license. In the license and in each class file it has a comment at the top saying: Copyright (c) 2011 Joe Bloggs ...
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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 ...
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Is it worth registering software with the U.S. Copyright Office?

nolo.com says: "If you want to stop someone from using or otherwise infringing on your work, you must sue the infringer in federal court. However, in order to do so, you must first have registered the ...
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Are interfaces and method signatures copyright protected?

For example, is it copyright infringement if I write a class called Random with the exact same purpose and method signatures as Microsoft's .Net System.Random class? Does it make a difference what ...
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What kinds of copyright or privacy issues apply to tweets?

If I want to use the data on Twitter in my application, what are the restrictions? What user data should I avoid touching? For example, if I want to collect information from certain type of tweets ...
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“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 ...
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Outsourcing: question about code ownership and copyright

I want to ask a question from an employer point of view. I know that you are not really lawyers and stuff but I think you might help. I'm into negotiations with a freelancer (from India) to create a ...
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Copyleft Licenses - Need to attribute?

I'm currently evaluating which license to use for my next OS project, and things are getting more and more interesting after I decided that I really want to understand what the licenses mean. Up ...
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Do I still own accreditation of work despite not owning copyright?

I completed some work at University for a website design. I understand that unless I request IP from the University they own full rights to the design. The clause is stated as below: 18.1 All ...
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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 ...
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Inserting copyright notice

What is the easiest way to insert copyright notice in lots of PHP files. It's not possible to do it manually.
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Is it legal to show thumbnails on my site of photos that aren't mine?

I would like build an web-application that has thumbnails (around 100x100) of photos. These thumbnails will be linked to the original site (the copyright holder). Is this something that is legal to ...