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

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Adding a new file to a GPL project - how do I carry along/modify copyright information?

Continuing from Author has inserted copyright into code with gnu public license notice - implications?, can I add my author name to a new file (with original code) that I added to a project that comes ...
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May I include parts of MIT-licensed code inside my closed-source project?

This could be a simple yes/no answer, but I invite detailed explanations. Scenario I have been asked to extend a closed source system at my job, which is not formally released under any license. I ...
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What does it mean for a software to be copyrighted, but the source is also offered?

I recently found a website (LINK) which explains various ways of performing curve fitting using Math.Net. This is one of the only websites I have found that explains the methods and also provides ...
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Can software be legally rewritten if the original source code is not used? [migrated]

Let's say I have propriety software which I recreate using solely my observations of its user interface, input and output. I recreate this software to near-perfection leaving out only trademark icons ...
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Can you license a fork of a public domain library?

The original library has this statement in its readme, with a link to CC0 1.0. To the extent possible by law, [redacted] Company, LLC has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights ...
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Does a license need to go at the top always?

Let's say I have a source file of 800 lines, and I want to "copy/paste" one function from a github project that has a MIT license, and I also have my own (which may be a MIT license, or a stronger ...
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May I relicense my project from GPLv3 to Apache 2.0? [duplicate]

I am about to publish an Android app project I would like to do it using GPLv3 license to avoid it being used in proprietary projects for now. If I change my mind in the future, since I am the ...
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Licensing and copyright terms for data from Wikipedia

I have an idea for a client-server software project which involves using information from Wikipedia, but I am not sure about what the conditions for using it in regards of licensing and copyrights ...
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Redistribution in binary form - Copyright notice in Javascript

I want to distribute a single exe file, which is a simple http web server. This exe contains all the dependency html/js files (mostly licensed under MIT and New BSD) I really don't know if that's ...
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Can I minify Javascript that requires copyright notice?

I guess this is actually a legal question, but it relates to software. I'm about to include a JS plugin in a project. The comments include: Redistributions of source code must retain the ...
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Tracking software piracy to gauge strength of anti-piracy measures [closed]

I've been looking up this thread on how software piracy can be prevented. It's got a number of interesting suggestions ranging from using copy protection to providing free versions, and not ...
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personal repository with copyright/bsd notice tranferred to organization

If a personal repository with copyright/bsd license file is transferred to a github organization that consists of more than just the original copyright holder, since a group of people (the ...
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GPLv3 licensed library requirement and licensing own library BSD [closed]

I have been searching the web for quite some time now, but the plethora of opinions/comments/articles about licensing questions make it difficult to verify how trustworthy the various sources are. ...
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How to manage copyright notices from contributors to a BSD licensed project

We have the following BSD license in the LICENSE file: Copyright (c) 2006-2016 SymPy Development Team All rights reserved. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without ...
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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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What's the best license for my website?

I have developed a unique website but do not have a lot of fund to protect it with trademark or patents. I'm looking for suggestions so that when my supervisor gets my codes, some laws restrict anyone ...
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Do I update the copyright header when i modify the source?

Suppose I were to modify a said piece of code and put it back on github, would I have to update the license header. This is the code(Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0): ...
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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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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 ...
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Do I have to put copyright info in every file of my project? [duplicate]

Do I have to put a copyright phrase on every file that is used in my visual studio projects? does it even make any sense? example: file.cpp // Copyright Company Name 2000-2015 code code code ...
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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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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 legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA? [closed]

If a project wishes to relicense its source code to a license that was incompatible with the original license, the project maintainers generally need to seek the express approval of its contributors ...
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How can I hide my signature in a program? [closed]

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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Is it safe to use old code in a new project? [duplicate]

Here is the situation: While working by company A on project A you developed a very fast and perfect search algorithm. Then you switched to company B to work on project B which is totally different ...
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What exactly is copyrighted, the text of the code itself, or the design? [closed]

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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Does custom created code for a client imply copyright ownership? [closed]

I know of a potential customer that has been paying for website development work on an hourly basis for several years by several independent contractors, but has never signed an agreement as to terms ...
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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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If attribution is done via a pseudonym, who owns the rights to the code? [closed]

I'm aware of a few cases where coders used a pseudonym for attribution instead of their real names. Examples include: Satoshi Nakamoto (Bitcoin) Why (Ruby) One thing I've wondered is if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I market an application I wrote at work?

I work at a bank and I developed an in-house web application that helps keep track of past due loans and all the interaction between the bank and the customers. I was recently told by an outside ...
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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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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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What kind of copyright laws should I be aware of when creating software? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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 ...