[oclug] Code Ownership ??
billlinux at rogers.com
Tue Apr 10 11:23:37 EDT 2007
On Tue, 2007-04-10 at 11:19 -0400, miden wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-04-10 at 10:29 -0400, William Case wrote:
> > Fred, a wide ranging discussion of property rights, ownership and
> > economic systems is what I am trying to avoid in this particular thread
> > -- as interesting as it may be.
> > I am trying to ask a very concrete question for the here and now.
> > If I point at a particular piece of code, what are my (or other
> > people's) proprietary (ownership) rights or what are they likely to be.
> > I know rights vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and by type (i.e.
> > copyright or patent). I am not trying to understand, at this point,
> > what various disputes might be, or how they should be resolved, but
> > rather, what is the thing that copyrights and/or patents and/or disputes
> > apply to.
> > If I write my 50 lines of code, is it the literal 50 lines of source? Is
> > it the compiled binary? If someone writes the same thing but uses
> > another programming language are the rights the same? etc ... I
> > suppose I am asking, what is the object of all these rights and
> > disputes? Not, what are the various rights involved?
> I expect the object is to protect the investment in development and the
> ability to make money from that investment but like you (I think) I
> would like to know at what level that protection starts.
A small nit pic. Your answer above applies to the "objective" of
establishing rights. My use of 'object' refers to the thing to which
the rights apply -- as you have so clearly outlined below.
> Is it the individual lines of code (as in 'this code has never been seen
> before I came up with it') or is it the (unique?) arrangement of those
> lines (which may make possible some new behaviour or use), is it the
> concept that resulted in the writing of the code, or all of the above?
> Perhaps some programmer on the list could indicate what they try to do
> or avoid doing (in order to avoid legal disputes) when writing a
> Would this be helpful, Bill?
Thank you miden. You put the question better than I did.
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