[fpc-devel] DOS GUI
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
>> 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 Even in outdated Copyright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".
> fpc-devel maillist - fpc-devel at lists.freepascal.org
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