[thelist] Copyright ownership under LGPL

Ken Schaefer ken at adOpenStatic.com
Mon Jun 14 21:03:38 CDT 2004


Should you really be posting this type of information to a public list?
Surely these types of things, even if not legally "commercial in confidence"
should be kept between the parties concerned? Whilst you could seek guidance
on the general issues involved, I would be more comfortable if you kept the
specifics to yourself.

In General (not applying to David per se)
I know that I, for one, would be extremely hesitant about negotiating with a
supplier who felt it free to blather about me or post my requests verbatim
to a public list. It smacks of unprofessionalism, and it indicates that the
supplier can not be trusted to keep information confidential.


From: "David Bindel" <dbindel at austin.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [thelist] Copyright ownership under LGPL

: On Mon, 2004-06-14 at 00:16, David Bindel wrote:
: > My client has also requested that he own the copyrights to everything I
: > make for him; realizing that it would be impractical and unethical for
: > me to sell my copyright to my open source software, I told him that that
: > would be impossible as the LGPL does not allow me to sell the copyright
: > and still distribute the software as Free and Open Source Software
: > (since it is no longer mine).  He did not accept those terms easily.
: >
: > The software I am making for him would be a heavily-modified offspring
: > of my open source software, yet nevertheless, largely based on the
: > original open source software.
: Keep in mind that this is not even a business website; it is being made
: as a small website for his friends and family to use.
: He has already designed the website himself; my job only concerns
: writing a PHP backend to for user management, geneology, basic blog
: features, and picture/quote of the day.
: The client has decisively made up his mind, and here is the situation as
: it stands as of 5 minutes ago (these are our actual words from an IM
: transcript!):

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