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« Thread started on: Aug 12th, 2004, 07:20am »

I recently read a post wherein someone said, "I assumed that, because code was provided, it was open source. "

We cannot make assumptions such as this.

"Open source" is not the same as "public domain." "Open source" means that you are free to modify the code and republish it, using any guidelines or restrictions specified by the author, such as not selling the code, including credit, etc.

"Public domain" means that the author relinquishes all rights to the code. You can do whatever you wish with it.

This board was created as a place to share code and snippets placed into the public domain. Posting code here means that you are giving it freely. Anyone can republish the code, include it on a website, in a database of code snippets, etc. without giving credit or asking permission of the original author.

Carl might like to use code posted here in his Cookbook project, as well.

Let's see some good snippets!
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 12th, 2004, 9:20pm »

on Aug 12th, 2004, 07:20am, AlyceWatson wrote:
"Public domain" means that the author relinquishes all rights to the code. You can do whatever you wish with it.


Remeber: Only the original author can place code into the Public Domain. It is best to post code here that you have written yourself and know you have the right to place into the public domain.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 12th, 2004, 11:22pm »

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Remeber: Only the original author can place code into the Public Domain. It is best to post code here that you have written yourself and know you have the right to place into the public domain.


So, to clarify this, we can't post:
Code:
print "Hello World"
end
 


but we may post:
Code:
print "Shout out to all my homies! Zing-bling"
notice "Fatal Error!" + chr$(13) + " the future is not:"
end
 


While my post may seem foolish or in jest, there's a serious point here, and it's "use proper grammar", er, no it's actually that even something as simple, small, used, reused and abused as the print "Hello World" line can not be claimed as your own original code with respects to posting it on this forum.

I don't wish to scare anyone off from posting on this board, I think a "Public Domain Snippets" board was a great idea. I only wanted to use the opportunity of this thread to emphasize (in my own way) that care should be taken both here and in all of our posts/code projects by us to not use other's work without proper permissions, never claim it as our own when we do receive permission to use it and always give proper credit where due. Even when Alyce, Brad or John tells you no credit required ;D

That's about all I've got to say about that,
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