I was following this tutorial on YouTube - https://youtu.be/V_lAhqLXT9A where you download some starter files and then edit them according to the tutorial to make a website.

I wonder what legal status the result has? I know that YT videos are not in the public domain, but I am not sure what about the information inside them e.g. snippets of some code.

Also, there was no license int the starter files.




Also, there was no license int the starter files.


You wrote it... they have no license!

Having no license, they don't qualify as open source software, so theoretically you should actually not use them.

I guess they won't sue you for using them to start your projects, but I guess they might want to if you use them to make and publish your own competing material for helping start a project.

I guess one should be cautious not to check such code in version control until it's so much changed it's unrecognizable.

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  • Well, I see that the files have no license. But the author himself tells you to download them (copy) and write some code into them (modify), which is a bit confusing. I was planning to follow the tutorial, then modify the result to suit my needs and use it as a website form an open-source project which is part of my diploma thesis. – J.Valášek Sep 17 '19 at 17:35
  • Surely they are pure at heart, maybe even their lawyers are pure at heart. However, their lawyers have to do their job, whatever it is... like everyone else. – 27096 Sep 17 '19 at 17:38
  • If being pure at heart was the only important thing, nobody would need a licenses and contracts, I guess? – 27096 Sep 17 '19 at 17:39
  • @J.Valášek There are other ways to license a work besides a declaration in the work itself. If the tutorial video was posted by the author of the files (the question isn't clear on this) then the tutorial itself may well constitute a license to use the fiels. – David Siegel Sep 17 '19 at 22:57
  • David is right. I guess jurisdiction might consider video constitutive of proof. – 27096 Sep 17 '19 at 23:00

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