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Offline killerbot

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copyright --- year
« on: January 16, 2006, 09:20:52 am »
Time to adjust website and CB itself for copyright : no longer just 2005.

Offline takeshi miya

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Re: copyright --- year
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006, 09:25:43 am »
lol, it depends, last stable release is from 2005 :wink:

But now that you say, Code::Blocks and the logo are really copyrighted, right?
You don't want to see the name taken by some IDE-spyware company, don't you? :|

Offline thomas

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Re: copyright --- year
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006, 09:28:20 am »
But now that you say, Code::Blocks and the logo are really copyrighted, right?
You don't want to see the name taken by some IDE-spyware company, don't you? :|
You don't seem to know much about copyright law, do you :lol:
"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: Premature quotation is the root of public humiliation."

Offline takeshi miya

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Re: copyright --- year
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006, 09:36:19 am »
You don't want to see the name taken by some IDE-spyware company, don't you? :|
You don't seem to know much about copyright law, do you :lol:
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lol, How did you knew? :lol:
I meant to say Trademark, not Copyright. :P

Offline thomas

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Re: copyright --- year
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2006, 10:25:00 am »
Luckily, it is not quite so easy to steal a brand name, even though many people try, of course.

Although many people seem to think "why, if it's not trademarked, I can claim it", that is really not the case.
It does not matter whether or not you write "Copyright" on your products. You still have the copyright and all other intellectual property rights, and nobody can take that away from you, except if you explicitely sell (or license) the copyright and the intellectual property rights, which you can do in the USA, but not in most other countries. In Europe, it is even more complicated, as intellectual property is inalienably bound to the individuum, even though you can sell the copyright (quite crazy, isn't it!).

It does not really matter whether you have a brand registered either, except that you have less paperwork to do. If you register a trademark, then you can lay charges against people using your name with a lot less fuss.

That does not mean, however, that everybody can just use your name if you have not registered it, and neither does it mean that anyone can go on and register your name for himself. Yes, people wish they could, and they try sometimes, out of a rather strange understanding of "right" and "wrong". In that case, it comes to a lawsuit, which is quite costly and which usually has no perspective of being won (the evidence is very clear if somebody else has been using the same brand for several years).

A couple of good examples on this can be found from the early dot-com era. Some clever people made a fortune by registering and re-selling domain names (some still try, with varying rates of success). It even worked in the beginning, a couple of unscrupulous people got rich in no time, as everybody was in the must-go-online-today-hype, and they would rather pay than wait for a one-year lawsuit to be settled.
At some point, however, some of the market leaders were sick of paying hundred thousands for their own trade marks, thus it came that a couple of people suddenly became very poor and very unhappy over night - they had to come up for the cost of the lawsuit and had to pay recompensations, too.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2006, 10:27:08 am by thomas »
"We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: Premature quotation is the root of public humiliation."

Offline takeshi miya

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Re: copyright --- year
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2006, 10:38:13 am »
Brrr copyright laws ->