[fpc-devel] DOS GUI

Thaddy thaddy at thaddy.com
Wed Jan 15 11:26:01 CET 2014

Well, I have a statement from their legal dating from 2005 amounting to: 
"we use it as you intended (sic) and see no reason to quote that this 
sourcecode is yours. Furthermore, the two units that contain said 
sourcecode you refer to are protected under U.S. copyright law and are 
our intellectual property." (It blahblah's a lot more, this is the 
essence and not verbatum) In other words: closed source.

Now you can be right and probably you are right but to be legally right 
in de U.S. this will cost a lot of funds that I can better use 
elsewhere. This type of answers is not unique to my case. I believe 
Henri Gourvest has a rather unique addition to some of his his 
open-licenced  sourcecode explicitly exluding said company from using it 
after a similarly bad experience.

On 14-1-2014 15:09, Hans-Peter Diettrich wrote:
> Thaddy schrieb:
>> It happened to me once or twice ;) that a certain company with ever 
>> changing names used my sourcecode and licensed it under their own 
>> closed terms because i included the term: "use as you like".
> Better: "free for private use".
>> If the owner wants that not to happen,, choose any of these licenses 
>> mentioned.
>> This is really important. Without huge legal fees I can't get my 
>> intellectual property  back....
> Sorry, that's nonsense. You still have all rights on your own 
> software, no need to get anything "back". Even in outdated Copyright 
> terms a "use as you like" should not mean "take ownership".
> DoDi
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