Re: Debian's "Modify & Redistribute" Policy
firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian White) wrote on 04.06.97 in <3395C03F.269D9EBC@verisim.com>:
> > > That depends on how you look at it.
> > >
> > > If the author does not do significant maintenence or has abandoned the
> > > package then this is true.
> > What if the author doesn't want you to do ports? We have one case of
> > this already. We also have some cases of "author rudely dropped dead
> > without first changing the copyright".
> This is a problem, I admit. What does the law say about copyrighted works
> when the copyright holder dies?
He/she presumably has heirs. They inherit this, too.
Book copyrights (at least the Berne kind) stop after 70 years, AFAIR. That
means the electronic text people are looking for works written 1927 or
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