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Who Owns Your Code? (hint: you should be using the GPL)

It's been a long time coming, but after a short talk with my Lead Drupal Architect, we've officially changed the idea rights in our default proposal to reference the GPL. For years before this we've struggled with language regarding mutual ownership, licensing, etc. Here's the actual language I settled on:

Idea Rights

All rights for work created under this contract by Metal Toad Media belong exclusively to Metal Toad Media until all professional fees are paid in full. Once paid for by the Client the final work will be released to the Client under the GPL 3 License:

The GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change all versions of a program. Additionally much of the existing libraries and open-source code used by Metal Toad Media is already governed by this license.

In the spirit of the GPL, please feel free to reuse, extend and modify.

Date posted: October 1, 2010

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About the Author

Joaquin Lippincott, CEO

Joaquin is a 20+ year technology veteran helping to lead businesses in the move to the Cloud. He frequently speaks on panels about the future of tech ranging from IoT and Machine Learning to the latest innovation in the entertainment industry.  He has helped to modernize software for industry leaders like Sony, Daimler, Intel, the Golden Globes, Siemens Wind Power, ABC, NBC, DC Comics, Warner Brothers & the Linux Foundation.

As the CEO and Founder of Metal Toad, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, his primary job is to "get the right people in the room".  This one responsibility is cross-functional and includes both external business development functions as well as internal delegation and leadership development.

A UCLA alumni, he also serves in the community as a Board Member for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, and Stand for Children Oregon - a public education political advocacy group. As an outspoken advocate for entry-level job creation in tech he helped found the non-profit, P4TH, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of entry-level jobs in the tech industry, and is in the process of organizing an Advisory Board for the Bixel Exchange, a Los Angeles non-profit that provides almost 200 tech internships every year.


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