An intermediate client (say software agency) requested me to develop a plugin for a popular system. She is selling this to the final client.
Full story is here in this other question: Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?
I am acting as a freelance, not an employee.
The popular system is GPL-3 and the plugin exchanges a significant amount of structured data with the host system. So I guess my work must necessarily be GPL-3 too (or a compatible one). But for sure -I guess- it can't be delivered without licensing terms.
The intermediate client is requesting me to deliver without adding the GPL license terms and without mentioning GPL3 at all. She says: "The client will decide the license". But I ask "tell me what license, and I'll check if compatible and I'll place the terms" and the client says "you don't need to know".
The intermediate client is requesting me to remove any mention to "me as the author". She says: "If they need any modification, they already know how to reach me".
The intermediate client is "telling me" that the "final client" (the payer) is who will hold the copyright, but she is not willing to tell me who the copyright owner is for me to add this info in the license terms. She says: "Just give me your source code and they'll add their name by their own".
The combination of all seems quite "scammy" to me. Doesn't it?
But this is my first time I'm "selling my time" for doing OpenSource and IDK if this is normal in the sector or not.
I guess his fear is that the final client comes directly to me for next works. But hey, this is why the open source licenses are so transparent, no? I would be open to sign a declaration with the intermediate that for X time I won't sell to this particular client directly.
- Is all this normal?
- What should I tell to the intermediate client?
- Is it normal that the plugin is delivered without license?
- May I "enforce" that my claim of "me being the author" is not removed? Or the intermediate has the right to eliminate the authorship information?
- Is it normal to deliver without specifying who is the copyright owner?