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Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?

So it seems that you're doing this as a piece of contract work, not under employment rules, so the issue of work-for-hire probably doesn't enter into it. The rules about what you can publish and when ...
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What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source?

I have done a thorough IP review on my own project in 2007. You can find some info about this project in this slide deck: Startup Legal and IP. I encountered many situations that are similar to what ...
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Can I publish a GPL source I'm being paid for to develop?

This depends on the contracts for this development effort. The GPLv3 explicitly covers the case that you are doing development exclusively for someone else, and this is OK (section 2, basic ...
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Does the owner of the github repository own the copyright to the code?

When you put code on GitHub, you retain all the copyright to your code. However, you do grant GitHub a license to host the code, and you also allow GitHub users a set of rights - namely the ability ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

In the 3D graphics world, there are free-licensed models, textures, and the like. When building a 3D graphical work, they're the rough equivalents of code libraries and the like. There's also the ...
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Preventing commercial exploitation of small changes that require a lot of work

implement the same patches with some minor changes (e.g. replace a for with a while) under their 2-clause BSD license While copyright is based on the implementation of an idea, it is broader than the ...
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What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source?

Han never had copyright on the code. He was unable to license it to anybody. He claimed he gave people a license anyway, but this wasn't true, since he couldn't. All derivative works who thought they ...
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Who owns the intellectual property?

Intellectual property, while not the same thing as copyright, tends to follow similar patterns. In a single-owner project, the copyright is entirely theirs, and so is the IP. In a project with ...
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Why Linus Torvalds and The Linux Foundation should not sue distributions for trademark infringment?

Considering that Canonical has a Silver Membership in the Linux Foundation, I think it's safe to assume the Foundation is aware of its use of the mark in Ubuntu marketing and has either granted tacit ...
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Can Commons Clause be used along with AGPL?

As far as I am able to understand the author, the specific claims being made here are: Some have claimed that it conflicts with AGPL. There exist some people who claim the AGPL "conflicts" ...
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Why don't we have a full-fledged alternative for the Android OS?

Why we cannot have a mobile operating system and application store independent of any country's current political views as an alternative for Google android OS So you're presumably aware that there ...
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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? The author (or copyright holder) of ...
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Who owns the intellectual property?

Sometimes it is made clear in contributor agreements. When there is no contributor agreement, the author(s) of each part of the code own the intellectual property for the part they wrote.
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Under what conditions can someone dual licence existing works?

When software is diffused under an open-source licence I imagine that a project becomes the "intellectual property" of the community. This is incorrect. Unless copyright has been reassigned, the ...
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What happens if stolen software is published as Open Source?

There is legally no such thing as "industrial secret", but there are trade secrets. If Han Solo publishes code that contains trade secrets, then he is likely going to jail. Publishing trade secrets ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

Wikipedia notes that there are loads of uses, from transportation to robots to beer. Some fall under the umbrella of open source hardware. My favorite of these is the Hyperloop, first pushed forward ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

On the surface not, as the source is an integral part (every OSS license is demanding release of source code, not binaries). That is obviously not directly applicable to other copyrighted works, like ...
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Software becoming open source

To start with the licensing side, to make a project open-source does not require a transfer of intellectual property. Making a project open-source is just changing the terms under which the software ...
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Can I mix GPL with proprietary if it's a GPL plugin?

You are free in your license choice. However not every license allows software to be distributed if it links to proprietary libraries. One of the licenses which disallow distribution of software which ...
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Using output of a CC BY-NC AI algorithm in a commercial product?

Is the output of an ML algorithm a derived work, and if so from what? I'd argue that it is a derived work not of the ML software but only of the training data set as whole, so that this training set's ...
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Why don't we have a full-fledged alternative for the Android OS?

We don't have an alternative to Android OS because no one has made an alternative. There should be no reason it can't be done, it just hasn't been done. I would expect at this point in time, given ...
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Do Open Source/Free Software projects require submitters to submit proof of authorization to contribute?

Virtually all major open source projects require contributors to agree to a contributor licensing agreement that includes language asserting that their contributions are able to be legally contributed ...
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How can I handle minors as contributors?

Treat them like you handle anyone else: with respect and with kindness. Don't assume evil intentions when you can assume ignorance. Teach people how to behave and how you expect contributions instead ...
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Are there any other applications of Open Source other than on software/code?

Simply, yes. Software is the industry in which the open source industry is strongest, but other industries or arts can also be licensed openly. A related industry is hardware. Some microcomputers ...
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How does GPL work for articles on a website?

As others have said, the Creative Commons licences are generally thought to be better for non-code forms of expression, because the distinction between source and executable form (which the GPL uses a ...
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Mixing GPL v3 and Proprietary library

That's easy. Make sure you don't compile your GUI and your algorithms together statically as a single executable. If you do that, you don't have any GPL obligation for your algorithms. Run your ...
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Does using libraries under LGPL in my product limit my choice on how to license it?

Does using LGPL libraries in my product prevent me from distributing it under my own license or extending it to cover all work, derived from it? The LGPL only requires that changes made to the LGPL ...
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Software becoming open source

A Github code search for campwoodsw.com has 200 results. Some of those results are people that have developed custom processes/tools which rely on SourceMonitor, and so are people could/should be ...
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What widely available software license is appropriate if I want to freely distribute but keep my own right to sell?

No open source license would fit your requirements. The Open Source Definition lists things that open source licenses do/not do. OSD #6 is “No Discriminiation Against Fields of Endeavour”, which ...
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What widely available software license is appropriate if I want to freely distribute but keep my own right to sell?

There are various licenses which might achieve what you want. The very widely used Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA would seem to do everything you desire, although it is not the only one that would. ...
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