[thelist] Open source licensing and web development

Khurt Williams khurtwilliams at gmail.com
Sat Oct 30 13:04:31 CDT 2004

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On Tue, 26 Oct 2004 21:47:49 +0200, Kasimir K <evolt at kasimir-k.fi> wrote:
> Hello,
> Recently I have had to think a lot of how I license the sites I make for
> my clients. This has led me to think the possibility to use an open
> source license, e.g. GPL.

A work for hire is when a person creates a copyrightable work but does
not own it. How can this be? The Copyright Act allows for the
copyright to go not to the creator but to the person who hired the
creator to make the work. The law treats the creator as if he did not
even participate. The employer owns the copyright and it is as if they
created the work themselves without any help from the actual creator.

> Do you have any experiences on this? Anything special to take into
> consideration? Is GPL good, or should I consider other options?
> How about the design? What should I do with the graphics I create? Or
> CSS files?
> What if I used GPLed parts like bulletin boards on a site - would that
> force me to GPL the entire site?
> thanks for any thoughts,
> .k
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