[Scribus] License of scripts

Branko Vukelic bg.branko
Fri Jan 19 01:04:52 CET 2007

On Friday 19. January 2007. 00:56, avox wrote:
> jon-73 wrote:
> > I am not a coder nor am I a lawyer, but what if someone put his
> > invention of editing methods (the script/extension, bound to scribus)
> > under a restrictive license AND the scribus team decides (by chance)
> > that this function would be useful to be implemented into scribus?
> > Will this be a problem of copyright infringement? Do they HAVE to pay
> > for the idea?
> It will only be a copyright infringement if the Scribus team copies his
> code instead of writing their own code.
> You have to separate "copyright" from "patents". With patents you can
> protect ideas, but AFAIK that doesn't work with software in Europe.
> Copyright doesn't protect ideas but the written form. Rewriting the same
> ideas with your own words is legal, and even citing if it's limited to
> small parts and falls under fair use. That's why I don't think all scripts
> for Scribus fall under the Scribus copyright.

AFAIK, patent-free is only valid for fundamental ideas...

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