licensing/copyright question

MJ Ray mjr at
Mon Oct 17 11:07:06 UTC 2005

Thomas Linden <tom at> [...]
> The question now is, who owns the copyright on the software? From my
> point of view it is me, but I'm unsure. And, would it be legal to
> publish the software as opensource (say GPLed)?

If the writing of the software was done *for* that company, I
think they may hold (some of?) the copyright. Whether it's legal
to publish as free software (I'm not sure which "opensource"
you mean) depends on what copyright or licence you have. If
you were freelance or they broke whatever agreement you had,
that may change things, but I'm no lawyer so I don't know.

Arnoud Engelfriet's site may explain this better.

> I'm located in germany, so german law applies.

You may find asking a German-centric list gets more informed
answers. Try

Best wishes with that,
MJ Ray (slef), Lynn, England, to email see

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