Advice releasing my new, free Cocoa app!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Littleodie914, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Hey guys, you've always been a huge help when it came to learning Cocoa, fixing bugs, etc., so I figured in the last stage of the development process you again would be the ones to come to. :)

    Here're the basics:
    I'm releasing a free, Cocoa app, and just want to make sure I've got all the copyright stuff figured out. It's a free app I've been developing as I learn Cocoa, and would like to make it available to everyone.

    A couple things I've been tussling with:
    Can I put "Copyright 2006 Craig Otis" if I don't have a copyright? Should I release it under the GPL? Or should I just toss it on my site with the copyright stuff on there and not make my source code available?

    I really didn't want to post my source code, but saw no other available solution if I was planning on using the GPL. Thanks!! :D :cool:
  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    If you wrote it, you have a copyright and can put that on there if you wish. It's a good idea, just to let people know, but it's not required these days. Also, the government paperwork is nice to have in a few specific situations, but it's not really a requirement unless you wind up in court.

    If you want to use GPL, you have to at least offer to give the source code to anyone who gets the executable version. That's the whole point of GPL, to make source available. If you don't want to do that, use a different license.

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