[Tutor] Why won't it enter the quiz? (off topic)

Alan G alan.gauld at freenet.co.uk
Sat Sep 17 11:03:24 CEST 2005

>> PS> No, (for the record only), there is a HUGE difference between 
>> selling "skills" and selling code that someone else wrote.  :-D
> Once again you're implying that there's something wrong with Nathan 
> asking for help on this list.  Blow it out your hairdo...

Technically there may be something wrong in that if he is
claiming copyright and selling for commerxcial gain rather
than selling it as open source  he has to prove that he
originated at least 75%(I think?) on his own. If he received
help for more than 25% he must publish the names of his
collaborators and give them their due share of the proceeds.

That's why selling code developed on the net in collaboration
via news groups and mailing lists is rarely done. It is nearly
always open source freeware. The legal minefield is potentially

Using skills gained on such lists is fine, using code
jointly developed is a legal quagmire. However given the
nature of the code Nathan is producing and the prices
he's charging I doubt if we are going to be contesting
our share of his millions! It seems pretty harmless at
this level.

Alan G
Author of the Learn to Program web tutor

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