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Re: Copyright vs Open Source


From: Mike Jervis
Subject: Re: Copyright vs Open Source
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 00:46:06 -0700 (PDT)
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David,

Thanks for taking the time to reply.

On Sep 14, 9:31 pm, David Kastrup <address@hidden> wrote:
> The way you are describing it sounds like they are changing a copyright
> notice to an attribution.
> They can claim copyright for portions they wrote.  The copyright notice
> would then read

OK, I think they're borderline clear then, an (edited for
anonymisation of third parties) copy/paste from their VC shows:

    9 // | Copyright (C) 2002-2008 by the following
authors:                        |
   10 //
|
|
   11 // | A Forder          foker AT fork DOT
com                          |
   12 //
|
|
   13 // | Based on the Original Project
Name                                                 |
   14 // | Copyright (C) 2000-2008 by the following
authors:                        |
   15 //
|
|
   16 // | Authors: Michael Jervis     - mike AT [my excentric domain
name] DOT com                |

Technically, this particular file was created by me in 2004. Since
forking the following code has been added:

   45 if (stripos ($_SERVER['PHP_SELF'], 'filename.class.php') !==
false) {
   46     die ('This file can not be used on its own.');
   47 }

In my personal opinion that doesn't make it clear that the copyright
rests with me. But like I said, it's a bit border line.

Cheers,

Mike


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