Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright Definition

Excerpt from the Wikipedia article:

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator 
 of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally,
 it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be
 credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who
 may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related
 rights. It is an intellectual property form (like the patent, the trademark,
 and the trade secret).

Intellectual Property Definition

Excerpt from the Wikipedia article:

Intellectual property (IP) is a term referring to a number of distinct types of
 creations of the mind for which a set of exclusive rights are recognized under
 the corresponding fields of law. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted
 certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary,
 and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and
 designs. Common types of intellectual property rights include copyrights, trademarks,
 patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets in some jurisdictions.

OW2 EasyBeans Application

All source code committed in the EasyBeans repositories have been produced by an OW2 Committer.

Intellectual Property

The contribution remains sole property of its original author (not the commiter who may only have commited a given patch to the repository). That means that the contribution's author is the sole responsible of that code.

Copyright statement

Authors have the right to place a Copyright statement at the top of the fileinside the license header.

The Copyright must include the inception year and must be kept uptodate when a modification takes place by the same copyright holder.

Multiple Copyright lines are acceptable.

/**
 * OW2 EasyBeans
 * Copyright (C) 2010 Serli
 * Copyright (C) 2011-2012 Bull S.A.S.
 * Contact: easybeans@ow2.org
 *
 * This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
 * modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public
 * License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either
 * version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
 *
 * This library is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 * MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU
 * Lesser General Public License for more details.
 *
 * You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public
 * License along with this library; if not, write to the Free Software
 * Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02110-1301, USA
 *
 * --------------------------------------------------------------------------
 * $Id: $
 * --------------------------------------------------------------------------
 */