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From Ted Dunning <ted.dunn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: ICLA US Government
Date Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:36:50 GMT
You may not be the copyright owner, but you can grant a license to public
domain works.

As can I or anyone else.

The fact that the the licensee doesn't need the license is irrelevant.


On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 1:11 PM, Evan Ward <evan.ward@nrl.navy.mil> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I was recently invited to be a committer for apache commons. Since I
> have made all my contributions as a government employee (and plan to
> continue to do so) I ran the ICLA by our legal department.
>
> As far as I can tell, the fundamental issue is that my work, by itself,
> can not be licensed, because there is no copyright. This means that I
> can't agree to statements like "You represent that you are legally
> entitled to grant the above license."
>
> After reading LEGAL-100 it seems that the ICLA's definition of "you" (as
> the copyright owner) excludes me or my employer since no one can own a
> copyright that does not exist.
>
> Are these interpretations correct? Since everything I do is by law in
> the public domain, why I need an ICLA?
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Evan Ward
> Naval Research Laboratory
> (e) evan.ward@nrl.navy.mil
>
>
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