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

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IOS app with youtube content queston [on hold]

I am currently developing an iOS app whose main functionality will involve streaming video via http live streaming using MPMoviePlayer. Much of he content will be my own, however I would also like to ...
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How to keep legal rights when hired to make a program [closed]

I have been hired to make an iOS application where I will be given a set amount of money for completing different stages of development. I want to keep the rights to the code, however, so I can use ...
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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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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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Does one line of GPLed code make program a “derived work”?

I've recently run into some argument with a person that claims to be a lawyer (I have my suspicions about this not being completely true, though). As far as I know, copying even one line of code from ...
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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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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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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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Forking a dual licensed app: How to license on my end?

I forked a project that was dual licensed under the GPL and a commercial license. Since my code was open source and the GPL being what it is, I started by releasing my app under the GPL. But now I'm ...
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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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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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Could submitting a Pull Request ever constitute accepting a Contributor Licence Agreement?

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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game unpublished due to copyright issue [closed]

I have made a simple batman puzzle game using some batman posters from the internet. Now there are apps on google play store and windows phone store that also feature these kind of batman pictures and ...
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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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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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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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Do I need to contact a lawyer to report a GPL violation in software distributed on Apple's App Store? [closed]

Some company is selling software through Apple's App Store which uses portions of code that I released publicly under the GPL. The company is violating the licensing terms in two ways, by (1) not ...
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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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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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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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Is it legal to reuse code from a “programming cookbook”? [closed]

I have just found a perfect fit solution for a problem I was having in O'Reilly's Perl Cookbook. The problem is, the book is copyrighted, and I could not find anything that looked like a license to ...
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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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Is it legal to reflector some .NET code and use it in a commercial application?

I'm working on a commercial application that requires .NET 4.0 Client Profile, but I need to make a call to HttpUtility.ParseQueryString, which is not included in the Client Profile but it is in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do I own copyright of program I made in own time? [closed]

I created a software package that aids electrical engineers with common calculations used on site (substations to be specific). I created the package in my own time, without being asked and without ...
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mobile app data copyright question [on hold]

I want to develop a mobile app for itinerary of major sport event. My confusion is whether there will be a copyright problem in sharing the schedules, venue of matches, player statistics and ticket ...
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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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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 ...