November 25, 2000

License protection for pre-release Open Source software

Author: JT Smith

Technocrat has this discussion. "Iam
writing to ask Technocrat readers & moderators for help, advice
& opinion on the status of pre-release code & open-source licensing ... We have some very good
people on board & are close to the stage of releasing some alpha products. What concerns
us is the issue of licensing. On our group lists we have already published code examples &
specifications, how do we prevent some malicious persons from stealing this code &
claiming authorship. Do the GPL & other open source licenses make provision for
protection of code prior to official release or must the licensing terms be explicitly stated &
provided in conjunction with any code?"


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