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From Paul Richards <>
Subject Re: The future, for Apache and NCSA httpd
Date Wed, 22 Mar 1995 01:05:15 GMT
In reply to Rob Hartill who said
> It's just as well that "those in charge" can't read the current
> license, because as it stands, anyone can take the 1.3 code, and
> remove the license, thus automatically gaining
> a copyright. By removing the license, they have altered the source,
> and since NCSA don't want the copyright to the original, you now
> have a new package, and all rights to do whatever you want with it.

It's not quite as simple as that. None of the files have any
copyright on them at all. When no copyright is explicitly included
it does *NOT* mean it falls into the public domain and the text in
the README does not cover the package as a whole in any legal sense
since it is not included in any of the other files. If NCSA
ever contested the copyright of 1.3 they'd win.

For the 1.3 server to legally be considered to be in the public domain
each file would need to be copyrighted, to ensure the ownership
of the file and an explicit reference to the license that places it in
the public domain.

Take a look at any GPL'd code or any code under the BSD copyright.

  Paul Richards, FreeBSD core team member. 
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  Phone: +44 1222 874000 x6646 (work), +44 1222 457651 (home)
  Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Wales, College Cardiff.

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