From: William Denton <wtd@po...> - 2006-09-15 01:15:57
[Sorry for the cross-posting. I sent this to code4lib too, but it was
pointed out this list is a better place.]
What do ad hoc software projects do about naming a copyright holder when
putting their work under a free software license? The licenses I've
looked at have "insert copyright holder here," but what's the best thing
to put there when it's a few people hacking something informally? Apache
and Perl and the BSDs, for example, have formal organizations, but I
don't. If someone wants to put out FooMumble under an MIT license, in the
hopes other people will be interested, what's the best source for advice
about what to put in the copyright statement?
William Denton : Toronto, Canada : http://www.miskatonic.org : http://www.frbr.org
> What do ad hoc software projects do about naming a copyright holder=20
> when putting their work under a free software license?
from my (german) point of view, I would name everybody who contributes a=20
significant amount of code (more than a patch of 2 or 3 lines) to the=20
project a copyright holder.
The german IP legislation gives everybody who contributes a significant=20
amount of work to a project the same copyrights (or "creater rights"),=20
so it's a "must do" over here.
I don't know about the intellectual property legislation in Canada, but=20
do you know of any reason why you can not name more than one person a=20
If there is no such rule, than name everybody. It's just kindness to=20
honour everybodys work by giving them the copyright on what they created.
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