PHP Compiled Code

Hi,

If I develop a product using PHP do I have to give it to the customer as Open source ?
Is there any option to deploy like .Jar files, compiled format ?
If so then can my application be protected with the copyright laws ?

Allan
Allan_FernandesAsked:
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Ray PaseurCommented:
In the USA you can register your copyright, independently of any issues associated with compiled software.  You might also want to learn about http://www.ioncube.com/
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Cornelia YoderArtistCommented:
PHP is not a compliable language.  You can obfuscate the code so it cannot be read or duplicated with a method such as here:

http://www.phpprotect.info/
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GaryCommented:
Also Zend encoder...
But they all need to be installed on the server as well.
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