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Subject: Re: [boost] Legal problem with Stackoverflow contribution under the "Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0" license
From: Karen Shaeffer (shaeffer_at_[hidden])
Date: 2018-02-20 16:39:02

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 08:15:01AM +0000, Niall Douglas via Boost wrote:
> On 20/02/2018 07:55, Dominique CHABAUD via Boost wrote:
> > Hi Niall,
> > Yes, you're right, most of developers are not lawyers. The company I work
> > for did a Third Party dependency scan of all our code. It was done by a
> > company specialized in code check and the report was analyzed by a lawyer
> > office specialized in copyright, licences, IP... They confirmed that this
> > Boost contribution could be a problem at a court. Fortunately we do not use
> > this contribution directly and our Dev team checked that the link step did
> > not include it in our executable files.
> > Dominique
> Let me repeat: the only reason that my use of SO code snippets was
> noticed is because I added a comment linking back to the original.

Hi Niall

Current generation software designed to find copyright and IP code infringement
in source code do not need the author to put notices in the source code. They
can even find instances of infringement where the author deliberately acted to
obscure the infringement, by, for example, changing variables or hiding
critical code in small functions or macros or etc.

You obviously didn't act to obscure anything. But Dominique has said such
software has flagged the code. Enough said. The rational path is to just
rewrite the code and move on. Honest mistakes happen in code all the time.


> all the other uses of SO code snippets which are uncommented, anyone
> using Boost is in technical infringement. You just don't know that you are.
> And that's fine. All open source comes with the same risk, it's why
> historically Legal banned the use of open source because there's nobody
> worth suing standing behind its IP hygiene.
> Niall
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