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Can a team be the copyright holder (MIT)?

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I'm developing in a team of OSS developers and currently my name is specified in all LICENSE files or copyright headers. But, as it's a teamwork instead of writing "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" I would like to write "Copyright (c) 2017 The Team Name".

Is this acceptable from a legal point of view?

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Legally the copyright claim "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" is not needed for Copyright to apply. So it's not a problem if the claim you make here is not legally binding. The authors wouldn't lose their copyright. It would be good anyway if you have a document defining "The Team Name" if you are using this in copyright statements (I'm thinking of an AUTHORS file).

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It will be better to write the name of the organization / company / Individual who is the legal owner of the code.

The term TEAM is a temporary setup in an organization and there is nothing specific a team does which is not owned by the organization.


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Can a team be the copyright holder (MIT)?

up vote 14 down vote

I'm developing in a team of OSS developers and currently my name is specified in all LICENSE files or copyright headers. But, as it's a teamwork instead of writing "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" I would like to write "Copyright (c) 2017 The Team Name".

Is this acceptable from a legal point of view?


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Legally the copyright claim "Copyright (c) 2017 MY Name" is not needed for Copyright to apply. So it's not a problem if the claim you make here is not legally binding. The authors wouldn't lose their copyright. It would be good anyway if you have a document defining "The Team Name" if you are using this in copyright statements (I'm thinking of an AUTHORS file).

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But how would that behave with contributors? Would I need to add them to AUTHORS or just need to add core members of the GitHub organization? - dude Jan 16 '17 at 10:00

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