Russian search engine Rambler.ru claims full ownership of NGINX code.
- Interesting: you were working at Rambler while developing nginx. Did Rambler had any rights? That's a subtle question. How did you manage to keep the rights for project? Yes, that is a subtle question. It interests others beside you, and we thoroughly worked on that. Russian law works this way: the company has the right on anything which was in employee's field of work or by it's own contract. So there has to be a contract with someone with purpose "to make a software product". In Rambler I was a system administrator, I'd developed in my free time, product was distributed under BSD license since the beginning, as an open-source software. Rambler started using it after the main features were ready. More than that, even the first usage was outside of Rambler, it were Rate.ee and zvuki.ru website
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Sysoev developed it during working hours, in Rambler's office, on Rambler's equipment.His "free" time began after he left the office.1. That is gibberish. There is no such thing in our legislation. It is necessary to prove on purpose, for this purpose it is necessary the service task on it."On official equipment" or "during working hours" - not verisimilar. It is possible - and it is still the intellectual property of the author.2. Besides, when Sysoyev was hired - I hired him in 2000 - it was specifically stipulated that he had his own project and he had the right to do it. It was called something like mod_accel at the time, and he gave it the name Nginx somewhere in 2001-2002.I can testify about it in court, if necessary. And my partner in AiP and Kribrum, Dmitry Pashko, then technical director of Rambler, his immediate supervisor, I think, can testify too.3. He worked in Rambler as a sysadmin. Software development was not part of his job description at all.4. I don't think Rambler will be able to show a single piece of paper, let alone a non-existent web server development assignment.So far, I have asked our lawyer, Timofey Musatov, who pulled Zubakha out of Cyprus and is working on Vinnik in Greece, to see what is going on.I think the bastards will break down.
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