[PLUG] [OT] Copyrights and open source licensing in India?

Vishal Rao vishalrao at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 20:48:35 PDT 2009


Hello,


I'm looking for opinions about the email subject, especially from people
with legal skills and knowledge about the situation in India, because IANAL
:)


When you have a piece of software, like one or more shell scripts and/or
source code files, as a package you want to release as open source, usually
I've seen people include a LICENSE file or a GPL file which contains the
text of the GPL along with a copyright line in the name of the author. Also,
each of the files themselves have the GPL pasted at the top in commented
form again with copyright naming the author.


My questions are: Does the same procedure work, and is valid, in India for
Indian authors to successfully claim copyright while correctly applying a
license, whether GPL or Creative Commons or whatever? What's the correct way
to go about this?


I want to test the waters of copyright and licensing in India with some
small scripts/configuration files. I'll try posting them online with a GPLv3
license claiming copyright in my name to see how it goes.


Please do post some of your gyan on the topic with special consideration for
the Indian situation. Mine is based on what I've read on Wikipedia haha:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_General_Public_License


Regards,
Vishal

-- 
"Thou shalt not follow the null pointer for at its end madness and chaos
lie."


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