Slightly OT: Licensing questions from a FOSS newb
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Thu Feb 22 06:58:38 PST 2007
"Tyler Knott" <tywebmail at mailcity.com> wrote in message
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> Jarrett Billingsley wrote:
>> I've decided to go with an MIT license
>> (http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php). What I want to
>> know is if all I really have to do is slap that at the top of all my
>> source files in a comment block, or if there's something more that I have
>> to do.
> Yeap, that's pretty much all you need to do. If you really wanted to you
> could get your code formally copyrighted, but that's not at all necessary
> since implicit copyrights are just as binding as formal ones (at least in
> most of the world).
> > I mean, that's about all I've ever seen anyone else do. I just don't
> > know
> > if putting the text of the license in all my source files is actually
> > legally
> > binding or what.
> Well, technically if the license is invalid then the people you're sharing
> the source with have *no* legal rights. What you're doing when you use a
> "copyleft" license is saying "Okay, I own this work's (in this case
> code's) copyright and you can use this work if you want but only under the
> terms of X license(s), otherwise all rights reserved" where X is/are
> whichever license(s) you choose for your code. Under most licenses can
> change the license(s) at any time, though only for your own code (because
> you don't own the copyright on the code of other contributors). I
> recommend reading the Wikipedia article on Copyleft if you want more
Cool :) Thanks for the help!
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