I'm wondering how far does parody go in Canadian copyright act? Is copying someone else's open source code and modifying it then protecting it considered as infringement? The code is from a unregistered organisation.


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It seems that you don’t understand what parody is. If you do understand, please explain how it’s even possible to parody computer code.

What you can do with “open source” code depends on the licence the copyright holder(s) release it under. For some very permissive licences you can do what you suggest, for most, you can’t.

  • What about programs without licenses? Jun 10, 2019 at 3:52
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    You can’t use a program without a license at all
    – Dale M
    Jun 10, 2019 at 4:50
  • The license is what gives you permission to do anything. Without a license you can do nothing.
    – gnasher729
    Aug 15, 2019 at 9:51
  • @gnasher729 unless the software is in the public domain.
    – phoog
    Sep 19, 2020 at 4:46

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