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When Your Open Source Code No Longer Belongs to You

Aug 03, 2011, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Unfortunately, the way to answer this question is to follow the money. Most companies have coders sign intellectual property-focused and Fair Use-focused agreements that make clear that code produced while working for (and being paid by) the company belongs to the company. If the coder was being paid a salary while contributing to an open source project, the company almost always has the right to claim ownership of the code."

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