EverAge Consulting Explores the Legalities of Source Code Ownership

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Many people are not aware of the real implications of copyright protections, because I think there’s a tendency to believe that if you specify something and you pay for it, you have an inherent ownership, and that is absolutely not the case.

In examining today's legal and intellectual property environment, EverAge Consulting Inc. has released a discussion with Christene Hirschfeld with the law firm BOYNECLARKE, and a specialist in IT law. The discussion focused on the topic of source code, as it pertains to copyright laws in both the US and Canada, as well as the intellectual property laws that are involved that are exclusive to Canada.

Andrew Wilcox, President of EverAge Consulting says, "Many people are not aware of the real implications of copyright protections, because I think there’s a tendency to believe that if you specify something and you pay for it, you have an inherent ownership, and that is absolutely not the case."

"Under the Copyright Act in Canada, which is a federal statute, the provisions relating to ownership of copyright are very clearly set out. It’s normally the creator of the work who owns the copyright. So in this case, the creator of the work would own the source code," says Hirschfield.

She adds, "There’s a concept in Canada called moral — M-O-R-A-L — moral rights creature of statue, created under the Copyright Act, does not exist in the U.S., and as a result, Americans look at us very strangely when we start talking about it. It’s based on French law. The moral rights are twofold. One, it allows the creator to be identified or not as the creator of the work. And secondly, it allows the creator of the work to protect the integrity of the work. It vests only in individuals."

The entire discussion can be found by visiting EverAge Consulting online or by clicking here.

About EverAge Consulting:
Since it inception in 2001, EverAge has witnessed an explosion in the variety of information management needs. EverAge focuses on 4 distinct practices within the umbrella of information management: Component Content Management (CCM), Web Content Management (WCM), Document Management (DM), and Mobile Content Management (MCM). Each of these areas share common aspects of content management, but differ in their focus and supporting business model. In many projects, we see overlap between these areas as clients strive to solve content management issues unique to their industry and product offering. With a combined experience of over 30 years, EverAge brings senior level professionals to identify, prioritize and strategize on your concerns and needs to identify the best solution that meets both fiscal and competitive needs.

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