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

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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. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common practice that developers use ...
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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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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? [duplicate]

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 ...
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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 ...
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Use the word “Apple” and “Safari” in my application

I am developing an application and i want to use two words somewhere in my application. First i want to use the word "Safari" in a menu option which labels "Open in Safari"(for a url). The second is ...
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In general, is it ethical to make a copy of work source code and take it home as reference? [duplicate]

Is it ethical to make a copy of my work's source code, for the sole purpose of my own reference? By reference, I mean as reference where I can refer to it about how I (and my teammates) implemented ...
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Are you allowed to “copy” the GUI/Features of another application

I'm making a app which is based heavily on another application that serves a similar purpose. I'm not actually planning on selling it, but I'm wondering whether it would even be legal for me to sell ...
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How to copyright personal code

I am writing a program using VBA because its readily available, the code will be available to Cracks even though I password protect it. I knew this when I chose VBA because portability is more ...
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Copyright/Licensing on a complete rewrite

There was an application for PalmPilots that I liked back when PalmPilots were a thing. I want to recreate it (or at least what I remember of it) for modern mobile devices. The problem is, after ...
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Copyright in a database schema using a licenced windows application [closed]

I work for a company that has bought a licence for a windows client software that allows only 20 running clients per company. I am trying to find a way around this 20 user restriction by programming ...
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Copyright notices: What if I change my surname? What if someone else has the exact same name? [closed]

I'm adding copyright notices to all my source code files: Copyright (C) 2013 My-First-Name My-Surname But what if someone else is also named My-First-Name My-Surname? What does courts think about ...
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Do I infringe copyright if I turn a book into a program?

Suppose I own a copy of a physics book containing original research. Suppose that this book is licensed under a non-free license. If I use the formulas and concepts explained in that book in my ...
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modify source of copyrighted software

There is a a program that I want to use that is released in two (fully copyrighted) ways: Stable binary form Beta release, mostly-stable binary form that is easy to derive the source (uses jars) ...
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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 ...
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Updating copyright headers each new year just because Jan 1st has passed? [duplicate]

I've seen some projects that - with each new year - start to change all files in their source-tree to update the copyright year. Isn't this just pushing hot air on a level of magnitude? AFAIK: ...
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Using sounds on distributable app - Copyright issue

I've created an app that has some sound file that I've downloaded from Macloops. The user can only listen these sound files (he can't create any new sound files using them) with the app. Now, I want ...
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github tools - is there a way not to copyright your app and stay its author

I am wondering... Recently I have observed github; I saw many Java projects' codes which don't have copyright at their headers... I mean, as I may guess, in this case the only thing which can prove ...
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Does change the license under which Linux is released need the permission of all the copyright holders?

As far as I know Linus holds the copyright to Linux. While looking around in the kernel sources, I see that almost every file has it's own copyright holders. For example the file module.c in the ...
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Can an 81 digit number generator lead to copyright infringement? [closed]

I'm looking to write a program that will generate valid sudoku puzzles. Essentially, a sudoku puzzle is just an 81 digit number. (The blanks are zeroes.) I would then like to use these puzzles in an ...
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Service to prove authorship with trusted timestamp [closed]

This question is related with copyrights. The copyright is granted by default to the author of some code, however this requires to prove that some person is the "first" author of some piece of code. ...
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MIT licence copyright notice for derived works

We're thinking of using some open-source MIT-licensed software in one of our web projects (a jQuery datetime plugin). The first line of the MIT licence is: Copyright (c) [year] [copyright ...
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How do I deal with a MIT project with no included copyright notice?

There's a (possibly abandoned) library I'm using in my project. Its Google Code project page mentions it's MIT licensed. Nowhere in the code itself, nor any of the included files, is there a ...
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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 ...
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Could submitting a Pull Request ever constitute accepting a Contributor Licence Agreement? [closed]

Some software projects have a Contributor Licence Agreement. The agreement could, for instance, assign copyright of 3rd-party contributions to the original project creator. Could submitting a Pull ...
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Copyright/General Law for Publishing Online Software

I'm planning on releasing a program I made, but I'm not sure exactly how to ensure people don't just steal it. The price point is $1, but I'm not selling it through an "app store" or anything so I ...
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How to license my closed source & freeware (donation ware) - using creative commons?

After doing a bit of research about licensing my free software, I reached this: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ how do I include ...
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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 ...
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Can I use MIT license to give some of my previous written code to employer so that I protect myself and don't lose my copyright?

My situation: I have written a framework before I started my new job. I own the copyright. It has a bunch of boilerplate logic inside of it, like any piece of software. (duh!) I don't want to use ...
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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 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 do I properly credit authors of software released under the MIT license?

I have modified the source code of an MIT licensed project, and I have added new classes to it as well. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think that it is legal to add my copyright notice above ...
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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 ...