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From "Lawrence Rosen" <lro...@rosenlaw.com>
Subject RE: Public Domain Software
Date Sat, 05 Mar 2005 05:37:11 GMT

> OK, I had thought that was the case.  So then what do we make of works
> that
> should fall under that category, and yet have the GPL attached to them?
> Or
> some other license?

They may be licenses for works that were written not by government employees
but instead by contractors -- which are not in the public domain. Or they
may be licensing errors by government employees who don't know the law.

/Larry 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Noel J. Bergman [mailto:noel@devtech.com]
> Sent: Friday, March 04, 2005 9:30 PM
> To: legal-discuss@apache.org
> Subject: RE: Public Domain Software
> 
> Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> 
> > US government works (e.g., works authored by an employee of the US
> > government) are not subject to copyright in the US.  They are in
> > the public domain and available to everyone for any purpose
> > whatsoever. [I'm] describing a statutory requirement that needs no
> > license to be effective.
> 
> OK, I had thought that was the case.  So then what do we make of works
> that
> should fall under that category, and yet have the GPL attached to them?
> Or
> some other license?
> 
> 	--- Noel
> 
> 
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