Legal Release of Closed Source under Open Source License

DShofi at DShofi at
Mon Aug 9 15:31:54 UTC 2010

That depends on who owns the code that you wrote.  Some documentation that 
the owner licenses the code is necessary.  If the ownership is not in the 
name of the party who is looking to release it under the OSS license, an 
assignment of ownership is in order. 

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Andrew Cutler <andrew at> 
08/09/2010 04:03 AM

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Legal Release of Closed Source under Open Source License

What is the generally accepted method of obtaining legal release for
existing closed-source code?

A while back I wrote some code for a client and now they have agreed
to allow it to be released under an open source license. What do I
need to do to document the release?

Best regards,

Andrew Cutler


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