Legal Release of Closed Source under Open Source License

Andrew Cutler andrew at
Mon Aug 9 22:03:42 UTC 2010

On 10 August 2010 01:42, John Cowan <cowan at> wrote:
> They attach the appropriate copyright and license
> notices according to their internal procedures (which may involve
> lawyers) and make the work available for download, and that's that.

Thanks for all the replies so far.

I'll be the one 'making the work available for download'. What I'm
really asking is what is the necessary documentation to evidence the
fact that the client has allowed the code to be released under an open
source license? Is a letter sufficient?

Client says it's ok, but obviously this fact needs to be documented in writing.

There doesn't seem to be much information online. I'd talk to an IP
lawyer, but for their time I'd be better off rewriting the code from


Andrew Cutler

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