Legal Release of Closed Source under Open Source License

Andrew Cutler andrew at
Tue Aug 10 02:52:42 UTC 2010

On 10 August 2010 12:03, <DShofi at> wrote:
> If you really want or need to be the licensor, I am sure that anyone with knowledge of OSS licensing will agree that you have two choices to avoid legal pitfalls:
> 1.  Get a written assignment of the entire code base from the present owner(s) (presumably the client but be real sure) to you
> OR
> 2.  Get an IP lawyer to help you.

Thanks David. I'll see if option 1 is acceptable. option 2 is unlikely
to be worthwhile. The main reason to open source the code is to use it
as a basis for a new project to re-implement (using the old code as
reference implementation / external behaviour) and/or to ensure that
the client has an upgrade path.

Andrew Cutler

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