[Biojava-l] How to share code while protecting copyrights?

Pjotr Prins pjotr.public23 at thebird.nl
Thu Oct 14 07:00:12 UTC 2010

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 04:44:36PM -0500, Hilmar Lapp wrote:
> By their nature, you can't legally enforce them. However, ethical  
> behavior is policed - by all of us as a scientific community, not in the 
> courts.

I know people who make it their business to pursue companies that do
not honour OSS licenses. The companies always have to retrack.

Is there any precedent in science where open source software was used
to scoop research? And how did that scientist fare?

With scientists I can't see it happening. Getting caught out that way
will hurt all future prospects for an individual or group.

With this reasoning you are best off putting code in the public domain
as fast as possible.


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