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Started by Shane74340Plus, May 21, 2012, 11:14:05 AM

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Shane74340Plus

I have two questions regarding the SMF copyright that is located at the bottom of the page:

1) Can I modify the copyright? (Ex: Change the text of the copyright to something say "Powered By SMF"?)

2) Can I remove the copyright?

I want to clear these up.


Arantor

Better question, why would you want to?
No good deed goes unpunished / All helpful urges should be circumvented

I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away. There can be only one.

NetFlag

Unneeded but possible and allowed. See Copyright and read the first box. Hope its clear now.

MC73

Don't you like free software and mods ? Don't you like supporting the people that has made and published this type of Forum and their mods? This isn't anything about if it is legal or not, It has everything about respect.

How can one little topic cause people wanting to delete credits and Copyrights. If I have a Mod that "Suki" or anyone else made wrote, they will be supported till the day my site closes.
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Arantor

Quote from: NetHunter on May 21, 2012, 02:35:32 PM
Unneeded but possible and allowed. See Copyright and read the first box. Hope its clear now.

Correct, but people need reminding from time to time, and it is also interesting to find out why people are enthusiastic about showing disrespect to the thousands of hours of their own free time that people have put in.

Funnier still is that probably less people want to do so now that they're actually allowed to (as SMF 1.1.x and SMF 2.0 RCs all did not permit it)
No good deed goes unpunished / All helpful urges should be circumvented

I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away. There can be only one.

Shane74340Plus

Thanks.
I know I cannot remove the copyright, but can I still modify the copyright to my own liking? (again ex: "Powered By Simple Machines Forum 2.0.2"?)

Arantor

To what end, though?

As a general rule (note I am not part of the team), if it still represents the ownership of the SMF team and there is a link back to simplemachines.org, i.e. what you're indicating, it's *probably* OK.

I presume you're also wanting to remove the links to the credits page as well (which is also questionable)
No good deed goes unpunished / All helpful urges should be circumvented

I have something to say: it's better to burn out than to fade away. There can be only one.

MC73

Quote from: Shane74340Plus on May 21, 2012, 10:23:25 PM
Thanks.
I know I cannot remove the copyright, but can I still modify the copyright to my own liking? (again ex: "Powered By Simple Machines Forum 2.0.2"?)

If you rename or remove copyright/credits, then what is next ? Renaming the Copyrights or Credits of every Mod Creators also ? IMHO, that is a way to tick off many contributors of SMF and Mod Creators that put their creations on here for "FREE" also.
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Shane74340Plus

Quote from: Arantor on May 21, 2012, 10:26:38 PM
To what end, though?

As a general rule (note I am not part of the team), if it still represents the ownership of the SMF team and there is a link back to simplemachines.org, i.e. what you're indicating, it's *probably* OK.

I presume you're also wanting to remove the links to the credits page as well (which is also questionable)

I'm looking to do something like I have in the attached screenshot. It still links back to Simple Machines and I'm keeping everything else the way it is. Its just that I'm using the 2011 theme from WordPress and am porting it over to my forum, and want to include a link to every software used to power my site in the footer.

@MC73: I don't actually care where a modification puts their copyright notice, and don't care what the said notice looks like.

Elmacik

Too many people are too early to judge. :)
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Colin

Truthfully, I think it looks fine, but a team member would have to make the call.
"If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody is not thinking." - Gen. George S. Patton Jr.

Colin

Elmacik

@Colin, there is no need of reviewing this request by the team members; he is using 2.0.2 and the copyright already allows him to do what he asks for.
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ziycon

For SMF 2.x you Can remove the copyright but I wouldn't expect to get support from here if you do. For older versions of SMF 1.x and SMF 2.x RC you can NOT remove the copyright.

NetFlag

Quote from: Arantor on May 21, 2012, 07:58:33 PM
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Funnier still is that probably less people want to do so now that they're actually allowed to (as SMF 1.1.x and SMF 2.0 RCs all did not permit it)

Of necessity never is a good idea. By choice and to be convinced, thats it.  :)

Shane74340Plus

Thanks for all the input! I believe I have enough input and note that I'm NOT removing the copyright.

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