we have a moodle platform installed for teaching courses. We have received a threatening message from a morrocan person telling us were "stealing" moodle because were not telling about moodle copyright on our platform. Do we need to put any moodle copyright references on our main page?
thank you very much
So this means, A person can get moodle code and remove the logo at the bottom and put Copyrighted to xxxxx ? (though having the copyrights in the php code as same ?)
If you did that the copyright applies to what you can see. So, yes, you can claim copyright for the content (text, images, documents etc) on the site. You have this by default anyway: people should not be copying that stuff of your site without permission.
Claiming copyright for the Moodle itself would obviously be wrong.
Since there are a number of posts regarding this issue, I thought I'd jump in and ask a couple of questions. I'm hoping you can answer them all at once in one post to all.
I know that I can claim copyright to my material and that it is wrong to claim copyright to yours. I'm an independent teacher running my own business. I'm setting up my Moodle site. I want to be the only guy out there doing what I'm doing. I'm not crazy about my competition knowing how I'm doing it.
At the bottom of my site now, there is a copyright statement for Moodle. In addition, there is a Moodle logo that pops up in my address bar. Is it ok to remove these objects from my site? I want to help promote Moodle; however, I want to protect my business too; hense, my delemma. Also, I do understand the Open Source movement and I do appreciate it very much. It is how I found Moodle.
Thanks so much for your response.
>> At the bottom of my site now, there is a copyright statement for Moodle. In addition, there is a Moodle logo that pops up in my address bar. Is it ok to remove these objects from my site?
Yes, you may remove these from your Moodle. The Moodle GPL (license) remains with the software (and must be retained if you should redistribute it), but you may modify the branding of your site however you wish.
The other issue is the trademark, which only applies if you are offering generic Moodle services (and it doesn't sound like you are).
Given you are not offering "Moodle services", What about a footer saying "Content (c) Joe Blogs Limited. Site powered by Moodle"
Thanks for replying but still i wonder
If i just have copyrighted to xxxx at the footer what will it pertain to.
for the content alone or for the code base as well. and which is allowed and which is not.
Ravi, if you put a copyright notice in the footer of your page then it does not apply to the PHP source code, because no-one can copy the PHP source code from there. But to avoid any confusion, why not just be explicit and say it's for the content?
Yes, I can.
I wanted to know to what will the copyright apply to having it on footer before doing it blindly.
Thanks for all your inputs moodlers.
I don't think it is necessary to post a limited copyright notice. If I post a copyright notice on a document posted in Google Docs, it is obvious the copyright applies to the content, and not to the vehicle with which it is delivered. The same goes with You-Tube videos or with blogs posted to a commercial blogging site. The copyright always applies to the content. The "about" link already contains a moodle copyright notice. That notice is sufficient to protect Moodle's interest: http://docs.moodle.org/en/License
a customer asked us to host a moodle platform in our server. We didnt charged anything for moodle (as its free) just charged them for the host and our time for installing and setting up the software. Aditionally, we will charge our customer for accessing our contents (outside the moodle platform)
Our customer doesnt charge their students as theyre free for them (its an international solidarity class for development programs in countries on south america, asia, etc...). In our platform we didnt used the "moodle" word for anything (except we uploaded a course about how to use moodle for free, but as i read that is legal). We didnt use the copyright logos or trademark logo
so as im reading were not doing anything wrong, isnt it?
thank you very much to everybody!