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    Question Unlicensed code fork

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    I have developed an unlicensed code base from some one else. It is about a famous problem in "math/computer science". The original algorithm is now a different one. Graphics library is different too. The basic example is still the same though. Can I ask for help with my code or I have to acquire a particular license for that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordak View Post
    Hi,

    I have developed an unlicensed code base from some one else. It is about a famous problem in "math/computer science". The original algorithm is now a different one. Graphics library is different too. The basic example is still the same though. Can I ask for help with my code or I have to acquire a particular license for that ?
    What was the license in the original code?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstanley View Post
    What was the license in the original code?
    The original code is on GitHub without any license.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordak View Post
    The original code is on GitHub without any license.
    I suggest you read the Page, "Licensing a repository" and "GitHub Terms of Service" thoroughly.

    Bottom line, I would ask the author for permission describing what you want to do with the original code. Also, you should preserve the original copyright notice from the original code, in your code, saying your code is based on code written by the original author.

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    OK , I got the permit. I may intend to sell the resulting code online. Should I ask questions about code here on the forum or not ? Because that way the code would be accessible to many people , consequently none may buy it.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ordak View Post
    OK , I got the permit. I may intend to sell the resulting code online. Should I ask questions about code here on the forum or not ? Because that way the code would be accessible to many people , consequently none may buy it.

    Thanks.
    If the code was publicly posted on Github, then yes, you can discuss it here. Make sure the original author knows you may sell the resulting code/application online, and under which license.

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