[Solved] Permission to take up abandoned project

Discussion in 'BukkitDev Information and Feedback' started by helix457, Nov 12, 2015.

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    helix457

    Hello there. I'm a developer and I want to take up a project that hasn't been updated since 1.4.7. The license is an MIT License and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. Does this mean I can modify the project under certain rules? I'm not so sure when it comes to legal terminology. Can it also have the same name?
     
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    CraftCreeper6

    @helix457
    Re-code, own comments, different package names.

    Or easier. Ask the original creator.
     
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    helix457

    But I can keep the same plugin name and use the same license? Iv'e tried to get in contact with the original creator but he is long gone. (As far as source code, ill make that my own)
     
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    CraftCreeper6

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    You can't keep his name, you can add a + to the end or something, that will avoid most issues. As for the source code, you will want to create your own repository for it.
     
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    helix457

    Ok. I guess all I have left to ask is, since the code is so outdated as compared with the new API, can't I claim the new one as my own? Especially since I'm basically rewriting the entire thing from scratch w/ my own var names and such... I'll of course add the original persons name as the original author. Would that be alright? I'd just be using the same class name because I always use the same class name as part of the package name.
     
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    CraftCreeper6

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    That should be fine, so long as you add their name in the code somewhere as a comment (Should be on pages that involve his/her code.). I wish you the best of luck!
     
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    helix457

    Thank you very much for all of your help and explanation and patience!
     
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    mbaxter ʇıʞʞnq ɐ sɐɥ ı Retired Staff

    I'd suggest waiting until a Curse staffer responds. Back when volunteers ran it, we didn't allow such things because CurseForge/BukkitDev gives you rewards and thus you could just resubmit someone else's project and pull rewards for someone else's work.
     
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    RoboticPlayer

    As the license is MIT, you also need to have a copy of the license within your code.
     
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