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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

I am not aware of this "scam" and am not aware of the issue being raised with the Open Source Initiative or other organizations promoting Free and Open Source Software (Free Software Foundation, ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

The fact that the software is open source doesn't change anything about the contract that the developer has with their client. If the developer has done the work, the client owes the money. Contracts ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

Is there language I can insert that carves out an exception for patches I make to the open-source dependencies Of course, but you've missed out the second requirement: that it be acceptable to the ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

The GPLv2 section 6 says to those who redistribute another person's GPL-licensed work: Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically ...
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What is the correct way to hire someone to create open source assets?

For me, the short-but-accurate answer is "any way that works"; as long as the matter is definitely dealt with, and the desired outcome achieved, all is well. But you might like a bit more ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

IANAL/IANYL, but this looks like an open-and-shut case to me. GPL2s6 says that Each time you redistribute the Program (or any work based on the Program), the recipient automatically receives a ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

You run this "risk" whenever you put code on Github in a public repository with an open source license -- others can use it. Usually that is what is intended. If you are developing this for a ...
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How to deal with support of open source solutions in bigger projects?

This is a tough issue that has prevented lots of large companies to move to a more open source business model. Most companies don't understand that just because your code is free doesn't mean you ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

Open Source projects are generally about making software, and the licence is the usual and only-meaningful pledge of this good faith. If you give the software to the users along with the four ...
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Threatening with non-renewal of contract when users distribute the GPLv2-licensed software

Here are a couple of old articles from lwn.net talking about RedHat and Sveasoft doing the same sort of think as GRsecurity. RedHat trading support for GPL rights Sveasoft and GPL To some, it looks ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

Most legislations differentiate between rights of authorship, distribution (copyright) and usage (license); though terms, definitions and consequences may vary regionally and IANAL: Author's rights (...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

Firstly, IANAL/IANYL. That said, Creative Commons says that the NC licence prohibits uses that are "primarily intended for or directed toward commercial advantage or monetary compensation". They go ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

The answers already posted are all correct in that the main pledge of open-source software is the license itself. After all, the license is the only thing, legally speaking, that makes sure you abide ...
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How to deal with support of open source solutions in bigger projects?

Cost effectiveness and use of resources. Let's use your example of a DB system. You still need hardware to run it all on. That's a "fixed" cost. Using F/OSS won't really change it. You still need ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

Many software developers create software for customers, and if the customer wishes as open source. That is no problem, because the customer and the software developer making a contract about it. If ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

Many great answers, but I just want to add that this "problem" also exists in the proprietary world: Imagine you are requested to develop a Python enterprise application. The customer will probably ...
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How do I require users to license future submissions on sign-up?

The way that StackExchange does it is a simple statement that you have read and agree with the Terms of Service when registering for an account. Some sites use a slightly stronger indication by ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

Now as I understand it, this organisation does not need a licence for Highcharts and if I was an employee of this organisation I could just use highcharts to develop a Highcharts enabled website ...
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Do I need a highcharts licence if I'm developing software for a non-profit

The CC-BY-NC 3.0 license has this to say about non-commercial/commercial use: You may not exercise any of the rights granted to You in Section 3 above in any manner that is primarily intended for or ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

I'm looking for ways to communicate to my users that our project is committed to making the world a better place. Are you sure it's not committed to making some piece of software? I mean, sure, that ...
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Is there any Open Source Pledges or "stamps of approval" for Open Source Projects to join to show they are ethical?

If you release Free/Open Source software, anyone can use it regardless of morals. You can't make a guarantee that your software will be used only for good. Evil people will be able to take it and ...
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Excluding open-source contributions from work-for-hire

I'll preface this with the usual caveat: IANAL. However I've agreed to, written, edited and audited lots of contracts for software projects that include 3rd party code (not just open source but also ...
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Standard contract for OSS work

To summarise the comments above, it seems a little odd that your employer is willing to get involved in a professional relationship between you and a third-party. I can see how it's good for you and ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

The open source factor is just a red-herring. As a software developer/contractor you will be paid if, and only if, you deliver the software the client requested. And contrary to most of the answers ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

The idea of getting paid when you are finished implies a fixed price contract. Most developers are against this type of contract due to the risk, but I'm not going to go there. What I will say, is ...
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Are open source developers at risk of being scammed?

An important clause which should appear in any work-for-hire contract is that transfer of copyright (in this case "release under an open source license") doesn't happen before the transfer of money. ...
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Are there standard templates or clauses to exempt contributed code from rights assignment?

No, there is not any standard form. Unless the AGPL is in use, there is no problem here. Let's walk through the scenario: start with an open source platform create modifications use those ...
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