[nycphp-talk] Ownership of Code

Keith Casey mailinglists at
Thu Jan 11 19:00:05 EST 2007

On 1/11/07, Dell Sala <dell at> wrote:
> My own position on this as a freelance developer (never really
> discussed or documented in contracts), has been that any code I
> write, or open source code that I install for a client belongs to the
> client -- as long as I can reuse the same code that I write for other
> projects and clients. Thats a pretty loose position, but my

Just for clarity purposes, there are *licenses* and *copyrights* and
they are fundamentally different things.  A license are terms under
which you use or grant usage of a copyrighted work.  If you give
someone a *license*, they are bound to the terms of the license, but
they don't necessarily have any copyright (ownership) of the material.

All licenses - GPL, BSD, MPL, or the screwiest EULA you've ever read -
are based on the principles of copyright.  If you grant ownership of
something to someone, they can do whatever they want with it and
determine their own license.


D. Keith Casey Jr.
CEO, CaseySoftware, LLC

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