[License-review] Octopus License

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Jan 9 14:07:22 UTC 2017

On Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 2:54 AM, dialog purpose <dialogpurpose at gmail.com>

Because Octopus License allows people to make modification and need not to
> follow the terms, which makes them to fully own their modified product and
> pretend they wrote it,

Do you mean that if Alice releases code under the Octopus License, that Bob
can then take that code, remove Alice's copyright notice and add his own?
That would be an incentive to fraud, and anyway, the license says nothing
about it.

If you merely mean that Bob has a copyright in the whole work, this is
already true for the author of *any* derived work.  A film made from a book
(under license from the book's author) belongs in its entirety to the film
company, which may sue Charlie for infringement of any part of it, whether
directly from the book (as in the case of dialogue) or not.  Of course if
Charlie has a separate license from Alice, and doesn't use any of Bob's
original contributions, then Charlie is fine.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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Consciousness have been known to the Great World eons longer than
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"Because I just made that word up", the Master said wisely.
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