jack_spratt wrote:If appropriate, please refer me to somewhere more suited to this kind of question.
jack_spratt wrote:Also, could you recommend a firm to use to get advice on this sort of thing? Ever got professional advice yourself on a matter like this?
graemef wrote:If not did you use any code that anyone else had developed? (such as third party frameworks). Check out their license.
johnhudson wrote:The default legal assumption is that the code belongs to you unless you wrote it in the course of your employment; if you are self-employed and a contractor pays you for some code, the default assumption is that whatever code you wrote which was entirely original and written for the purpose of fulfilling the contract belongs to them because they have been paying you for your output.
jack_spratt wrote:I haven't added any copyright notice to the files yet, but I will do so now, in case that makes a difference.
graemef wrote:Did you put any license information in the source code?
If so I would suspect that the license would take precedence (assuming any lack of stipulation in the contract).
nelz wrote:You have to have copyright on the code in order to be able to license it.
ollie wrote:Sorry, this is wrong. Only if you are an employee does the code belong to an employer. Contractors own the code they write unless specifically stated so in the contract.
ollie wrote:nelz wrote:You have to have copyright on the code in order to be able to license it.
There is no formal method of copyright. Once you have written down, drawn, painted, sculpted, photographed or typed out you hold copyright on that "work". It is only by actively changing the licence by specifying GPL, Creative Commons or any of the other licences that can be used.
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