New Project: COPYRIGHT HOWTO.
as a lot of us developers have to deal with copyright problems, I would
like to start this (hopefully) littly project.
I would like to write a COPYRIGHT HOWTO, which might be send to
authors of software, which a) do not state what copyright is
associated with their software and b) who do not use a free (enough)
What should be in there:
1. A discussion what is necessary to constitute a Copyright and
License for a program (Do you have to state copyright in every file,
is a COPYRIGHT file in the top directory enough, is a Copyright line
in an LSM file enough, etc.).
1a. Why to make the effort.
2. A brief discussion of what does "free" mean in the software sense.
2a. Why to make it free.
3. A brief discussion of some of the different licenses.
3a. Some of the licenses.
_4._ Big disclaimer, as we are not lawyers. :-)
As I haven´t got enough knowledge to write this whole thing, I would
like to have some input. Any hints and pointers to web sites are
greatly appreciated. Below is a short list of urls attached, where I
found some information about this theme (and still have to read :-( much).
Feel free to modify the list above.
Maybe you´ve got some other information regarding this, please send
them to email@example.com, or Jens.Ritter@weh.rwth-aachen.de (or to
P.S.: Do we need something like this?
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