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From Alexander Gödde (JIRA) <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LEGAL-233) US registration of copyright for projects hosted publicly
Date Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:48:18 GMT
Alexander Gödde created LEGAL-233:

             Summary: 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

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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