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Questions tagged [ownership]

For questions about ownership of any component within an open project, including but not limited to, rights, intellectual property, and copyright.

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Bitbucket code ownership

Who is the owner of code uploaded from a personal account to a private Bitbucket repository and there is no license defined in the code, or there is only the name of the author in the header of the ...
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What does happen with Open Source products after the acquisition?

Today IBM announces, on IBM News Room, that it'll acquire Red Hat. What will be the impact on Open Source products part like: CentOS, Ansible etc? Does IBM gain the power to limit the “Scientific ...
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How to add the name of my organization to a Mozilla Public License?

My organization made a Python module and would like to share it under the Mozilla Public License. Is there a way to add the name of this organization to the license ? If I use the license as is, ...
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If I share code from my personal project with my employer, who owns it?

I have code from a closed-source personal project of which I am the sole author. At work, I have come across situations where the code is useful. I want to take a significant amount of code from my ...
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GPL copyright owner copyleft [duplicate]

If a GPL owner decides to make their code close sourced, say to make a derivative work for themselves (maybe commercialize), what steps should they take? If they need to rewrite their code, what ...
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Are there any places for abandoned repos to be transferred?

It's true that big outfits like Github aim to be around for at least the next decade or so, so arguably it's not a big deal for repos to just sit in user accounts. However, other questions make clear ...
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What are the disadvantages of distributing my commercial application along with Object code as per LGPL licence?

I am considering using a library licensed under LGPL which states... If you link other code with the library, you must provide complete object files to the recipients, so that they can relink ...
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Do I still own code I donated to GPL project?

If I contribute code to a project that is under the GPL (or similar), can I still use my code (without any other parts that were contributed by other people) in a closed-source app? If yes, can I also ...
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As owner of GPL library, can I break the licensing terms?

As far as I understand, choosing GPL licence for library does not permits use of it in proprietary programs as opposed to LGPL. So releasing my library (or code classes), I'm forcing people to use ...
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Help with getting permission to open source a small piece of software

If you are an employee, work you do in the course of your job (as opposed to in your spare time) is a "work for hire" and the copyright is by default owned by the company you work for. How do you go ...
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How do I attribute authors if I don't know their real names?

I want to write an R package and release on CRAN. But I have concerns about legal issues: licensing and authorship/ownership. Code of some functions in the package will be derived from or based on ...
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Can I legally use code I found on a forum?

I want to write an R package and release on CRAN. But I have concerns about legal issues: licensing and authorship/ownership. Code of some functions in the package will be derived from or based on ...
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Can you use your own work in a closed source product if it's licensed under the GPL?

I'm new to licenses and don't really understand the difference between the license choices on GitHub. If you license your own work under the GNU General Public License, does this mean you wouldn't be ...
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Does the owner of the github repository own the copyright to the code?

Say I'm the only one uploading code to someone's private repository, do they own the copyright to the code? Or do I own the copyright to the code since I wrote it? Would adding a license stating ...
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How should a codebase's original author be credited after they've transferred ownership of it?

A repository owner on GitHub transferred me ownership of a project he abandoned some time ago. I noticed the year in the license file is outdated (2014), and the original author's name is still ...
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Own LGPL code in proprietorial project

I've written a library that I use in closed-source project. After a short discuss with my boss we have decided that this library can be useful for many others and we made this library open source ...
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License change in Affero licensed software

Some time ago I published the source code for a web application under the GNU AFFERO license, some people forked it and modified it in different ways. Now I would like to modify the original version ...
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Pull request ownership, who owns the code committed?

Say I create an Open Source project on Github licensed under e.g. LGPL like Qt. As I understand ownership of code, if I wrote a piece of code, I am free to change the license at a later point, as long ...
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Acknowledging employer in an open source project

My employer has given me to permission to open source a component of a project that I have been working on, allowing me to retain ownership and control, with the condition that they be acknowledged in ...
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Can copyright of an open sourced product be passed down through generations? [closed]

Background: From other posts I have learned that copyrights expire some amount of time after the owner's death. But from what I know ownership can be passed on after death. If the owner of a ...
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Are you legally allowed to use abandoned projects?

Background: While looking for open source projects I stumbled across a very interesting one. After further digging I found that it was also abandoned. PERFECT!! I can take over I thought, this led me ...
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In an open sourced project who is the owner?

I am working on an open sourced project with some developers. It occurred to me that I was not sure (legally) who the owner actually is due to it being an open source project. Is the ownership spit ...