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php forum script needed!

Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by inventforums.org, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. inventforums.org

    inventforums.org Thread Starter

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    ok i need someone to ether create me a forum software really simple so i can edit and make a template for to produce or give me a open source forum thats for EDITTING and its not copy righted so i can edit and stuff . i just want a system that your able to ( POST , REPLY , REGISTER , ADMIN CP , and like icon legends ) just the simple basics of a forum software let me know. you will be rewarded .
     
  2. erick295

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    However, that doesn't mean you can't edit it.
     
  4. inventforums.org

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    i want something thats not copy righted. . . as i stated in my post...
     
  5. Squashman

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    I believe in a previous post of yours I directed you to search Sourceforge.net. You will find plenty of code there that you can use.
     
  6. brendandonhu

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    This has been posted several times...the GPL allows you to edit and distribute the code even though it is copyrighted. I really doubt if there is a public domain forum in PHP. Maybe you should look for something under the BSD license if you need less restrictions.
     
  7. thecoalman

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    Or sell it for that matter if you can find someone stupid enough to buy it:

    http://www.phpbb.com/support/license.php

    The copyright in this case works the opposite way of most copyrights. It's to insure the code in parts or in whole remains open source and isn't used in a proprietary environment.
     
  8. erick295

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    Everything that is created by someone is, by default, copyrighted. There is no such thing as a program that isn't copyrighted. However, phpbb is open source, so you can edit it if you want. There are also a large number of extensions for it that other people have written. I think you are confusing non-copyrighted material with open source material.
     
  9. brendandonhu

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    Sure there is...it would be in the public domain.
     
  10. erick295

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    You're correct. However, I don't think any PHP programs have been around long enough to be considered public domain :)

    Even if the owner allows as many copies to be made as possible with no restrictions (or few restrictions in the case of open source programs), as long as the original author has been alive in the last 70 years, it's still copyrighted.
     
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    No, the author can still release it into the public domain. Sourceforge lists a lot of public domain software.
     
  12. thecoalman

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    Apparently a grey area, from wikipedia:

    Section 203, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap2.html#203

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    I thought a work was only legally copyrighted if published with a copyright notice (e.g. if you published without a copyright notice you gave up all rights), apparently that is not the case. It becomes copyrighted as soon as it's fixed in a tangible format :

    Some more info from wikipedia:

    They make no mention of how to put a work into the public domain. Nonetheless if you publish a work and do not include a copyright notice I would not expect any protection under the copyright law for current infringement. However it appears you can stop further infringement.

    This certainly does bring up an interesting dilemma, suppose someone uses something they believe to be public domain and it becomes an integral part of whatever they have created. 20 years down the road the copyright holder decides to enforce his copyright.....

    thecoalman Copyright 2006 :)
     
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    You get complete protection whether you post a notice or not. A notice is just a formality. Every original work you create, even if you never say it's copyrighted or you never register it with the copyright office, is still protected by copyright laws, and it cannot be copied by anyone without your permission. The difference is that you can't seek damages in court unless you registered the work before the illegal copy was made. You can still order a cease and desist and the offender can be prosecuted, but by then it's basically too late - the damage to your work has already been done and you won't get any compensation for it. If you ever create something that's truly valuable, be sure to register it :)

    Many people believe that you can copy something as many times as you want as long as you don't sell the copies. This is completely untrue. Even copying someone's clipart from a Web site and putting it on a party flyer is illegal, unless the owner of the work has given you permission to copy it and use it that way.
     
  14. thecoalman

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    That is what I meant. If it's not clearly marked as copyrighted you'll have a tough time collecting any damages for infringement.

    That is not completely true, registration will provide some benefits but overall it doesn't provide you with morre or less protection.

     
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    http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-general.html#register

    "Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
    No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section Copyright Registration."
     
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