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I have gotten permission from my employer to publish a project of mine as open source, but I have the opposite problem from this question—my employer doesn't want their name associated with the open-source project.

I'm happy to do that, of course, but I want to get the legalities straight. The copyright belongs to them, so if I were to be honest in my copyright statements, I'd have to put their name.

The support for this effort is tepid at best, so I don't want to scare them off. The options as I see them are:

  • Get written permission, but don't put a copyright statement. Someday someone might ask me who owns the copyright, and I'd have to tell them the company's name.
  • Transfer the copyright to me and give an irrevocable license back that says they can continue to do whatever they want. I like this, but I'm not sure they'll go for it.
  • Split the copyright, so that my copy is mine and their copy is theirs. I think they'd go for it, but I have no idea if it's legally possible.

What should I do?

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    "Someday someone might ask me who owns the copyright, and I'd have to tell them the company's name." - Who says you need to answer that question? – D M Mar 15 '18 at 2:58
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    I would think people or companies might not be willing to invest in an open-source project if it's unclear whether I really have the rights to the project. – fluggo Mar 15 '18 at 4:52
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