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From Alexander Gödde (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Reopened] (LEGAL-233) US registration of copyright for projects hosted publicly
Date Sun, 21 Feb 2016 12:23:18 GMT

     [ https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-233?page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:all-tabpanel

Alexander Gödde reopened LEGAL-233:

I think this is an important question - see my comment on the issue.

> US registration of copyright for projects hosted publicly
> ---------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LEGAL-233
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LEGAL-233
>             Project: Legal Discuss
>          Issue Type: Question
>            Reporter: Alexander Gödde
> I'm working for a company which maintains an open source project (AGPL v3, but the question
I have applies independent of the specific license). Copyright in the source code is assigned
by all contributers to the company (via a Project Harmony-based CAA).
> The project is hosted on GitHub.
> In order to effectively assert the copyright against infringers in the US, registration
may be required in principle (if this is seen as a US work, which is a possibility with it
being hosted on GitHub) and is required for claiming statutory damages (which are a pretty
good deterrent).
> But how does one register the copyright in a software hosted publicly?
> The initial registration is unproblematic (though the process the US copyright office
is ridiculous).
> My problem is the constant stream of commits:
> If the fact that the software is accessible after each commit constitutes publication,
then I would need to register each commit since the US copyright office states that after
initial registration only the difference between two commits can be registered.
> How do the Apache foundation projects handle US copyright registration in practice?

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