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Okay I want to build a program but I do not want the program to be copyrighted by Microsoft or any other companies. If I use one of their programs then I assume they have control over it and how it is distributed. I read that no one owns c++ but companies sell software of c++ so how do I code without getting caught in the tangled copyright web?

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I don't quite understand what you mean. The full and express editions of Visual Studio permit commercial usage. You won't get "caught in the tangled copyright web" unless you're using a compiler with some special education license, and even then there's usually a way to upgrade it to a full version.

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Okay lets say in theory someone built an Operating System with c++ from software they bought from a big company like Microsoft. Could Microsoft somehow claim ownership of the OS?

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Microsoft does not own the code you write simply because you used their tool to write it. You are under the wrong perception.

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Microsoft does not own the code you write simply because you used their tool to write it. You are under the wrong perception.

Thank you I will now start working on my project I did not want anyone to have the rights to it and wanted to make sure.

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