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From Colm MacCarthaigh <c...@stdlib.net>
Subject Re: [VOTE] 2.0.57 candidate
Date Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:51:40 GMT
On Fri, Apr 21, 2006 at 01:46:21PM -0500, William A. Rowe, Jr. wrote:
> which is all well and good, but doesn't assert copyrights.

And that's fine, there is no need to assert a copyright :)

> I'm really completely unclear how this protects the files we author,
> the files authored by others (which we have appropriately
> appropriated) and the files on which no copyright is claimed (e.g.
> apr/ examples public domain.)

A line such as "Copyright Colm MacCarthaigh" gives me no protection
copyright didn't already afford me in the absense of that line. The only
thing it does do is serve as a courtesy to potential licensees letting
them know who to contact if they wish to license the work.  It's an
advertisement.

At a stretch, the inclusion of the line might allow you to argue the
"Wow you must be really dumb not to have seen the copyright notice"
argument, but that wouldn't hold much weight, since if it were absent
there would still be an assumption of copyright.

A line such as "Copyright 2004-2006 Colm MacCarthaigh" serves as a
courtesy to the world, letting them figure out when the copyright will
expire.

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Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: colm+pgp@stdlib.net

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