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Addon/code takeover

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Kintaro, Dec 3, 2015.

  1. Kintaro

    Kintaro Well-Known Member

    We assist sometime in abandoned addons (paid too).

    Do you think that would be ok to takeover the code after some time if the author doesn't respond anymore?

    I see abandoned addons like a things left on the street or to the lost and found... What do you think about this?
  2. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Abandoned or not, the add-on belongs to the person who created it and cannot be taken over by someone else unless the author explicitly transfers it or makes it open source.
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  3. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    As a developer I would probably find it easier and quicker to just re-write it from scratch.
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  4. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    Plus you'd then know that it has been properly coded. ;)
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  5. Kintaro

    Kintaro Well-Known Member

    Well if I own a thing and I leave it alone for a number of months/year without replying after people tried to contact me several time for several months... I can't blame some one to take over on it. Of course if I reply saying:"No!", it's a different thing.

    The problem @Chris D is that we are not all devs and there's 100 rows addons but also 6000 rows addons! ;)

    a paid add-on is no longer compatibile with 1.5.3... and the author abandoned it. A licensee ask another devs to patch it to support xf 1.5.3 and then make the patch publicly available. it can be a problem without the author consent? (because the author don't respond anymore)

    and to add features? (probably with the need to redistribute the whole package)

    ok, understood, too much complicated situations... but with many "solo developers" this situations can happen.

    p.s. I need to become a developer! (If Chris ever liked this post will be only referred to this row) ;)
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, as already stated it is not permitted.
    ozzy47 likes this.
  7. James

    James Well-Known Member

    If something broke and you posted in the discussion thread a quick fix or you wanted to add a new feature and posted in the discussion thread how to add said feature then I don't think that'd be a problem.

    Taking the add-on, patching it/updating it & redistributing it without consent is not permitted.
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  8. Martok

    Martok Well-Known Member

    An add-on, abandoned or not, is still the intellectual property of the person who created it. No-one has the right to take that add-on, make changes and then redistribute it without the explicit consent of the author. This isn't something here on XenForo, it's the case with any software and indeed any other works (text/books, music etc).
    ozzy47 likes this.
  9. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I think the only right way to take over an abandoned addon is if you have gained permission from the original developer. Otherwise you should just write it yourself from scratch.
    ozzy47 and Liam W like this.

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