Freeing my code... need some guidance

David Woolley forums at
Sun Jan 11 11:22:42 UTC 2009

Matthew Flaschen wrote:

> will help maintain the code, while the company can still do what they
> like with it (which includes potentially not mentioning their name).

Unless they assign copyright (change ownership), many licenses, 
including the GPL, would require them to reveal their name.  The GPL 
requires a valid copyright notice, and a valid copyright notice requires 
the identity of the copyright owner to be provided.

Also, anyone who is worth suing and wants to  make use of free software, 
ought to avoid software for which it is not possible to identify the 
copyright owner, as there is no way of verifying that a valid licence 
has actually been given.

David Woolley
Emails are not formal business letters, whatever businesses may want.
RFC1855 says there should be an address here, but, in a world of spam,
that is no longer good advice, as archive address hiding may not work.

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