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Re: 'Re-licensing'

On Fri, 19 Feb 1999, Wichert Akkerman wrote:

> Previously Jules Bean wrote:
> > i) 'in the public domain' is a phrase normally used of information, not
> > copyrightable material.  As applied to software, a court would likely
> > interpret it as giving unrestricted permission to copy.
> Copy only? ie not modify, (re)compile, etc. ?

Unrestricted permission to copy includes the permission to modify -
modifying is considered, under copyright law, as a partial or complete 
copy with additions.  The additions aren't a problem, it's the partial or
complete copy that is :)

Licenses which are intended to forbid modification must only allow
'verbatim' copies.

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