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How to Risk Your Project and Your Livelihood with Sloppy Licensing

Jul 11, 2008, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Willis)

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"Recently the makers of the free-as-in-cost iPhone jailbreaking utility PwnageTool discovered that someone was reselling their creation--without permission, under a new name, and for profit. That's a situation no software developer wants to be in, but the PwnageTool team was in an even tougher position because of the license under which it released its code. It didn't have one.

"What the reseller did is flat-out illegal, of course; PwnageTool is protected by its creators' copyright, period. No one who downloads it has any right to modify or redistribute it without permission..."

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