[SciPy-user] plotting enhancements and copyright

A.J. Rossini rossini at blindglobe.net
Thu Nov 1 15:14:37 CST 2001


>>>>> "JJL" == John J Lee <jjl at pobox.com> writes:

    JJL> I guess many of the possible contributors work at
    JJL> universities, who usually (like other employers) claim
    JJL> copyright on everything that their staff produce in the
    JJL> course of their work, so I'm wondering: do people ever
    JJL> actually take this seriously for relatively small (or large,
    JJL> for that matter) pieces of software without obvious
    JJL> commercial value?  

Yes, this can be a real problem if university lawyers want to make it
a problem.

It is why I generally restrict contributions towards and use GPL'd
projects (the so-called "viral" nature is one means of getting around
IP problems if you are producing research-quality (which I'll unfairly
claim is generally of lower quality than commercial) software for
others to use.

I make exceptions sometimes, but one needs to be careful in those
cases.   For those of us with multiple (joint) appointments, this
concern is exponentially more problematic...

best,
-tony

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