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Re: Bug#56166: base-files: copyright in motd is outdated (fwd)

On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, you wrote:
> In any event, U.S. law at least acknowledges the concept of a
> "collection copyright."  To cite another example: M$ claims copyright
> for Windows, even though significant parts of Windows are copyrighted
> at least in part by others (Intel [Defrag], UC-Berkeley [TCP/IP
> networking commands], etc.)  So I think we are well within our rights
> to claim copyright over our work, which is in assembling and
> maintaining the distribution as a whole.

Chris is right.  Specifically, Section 102 of the U.S. Copyright act defines a
compilation as:

"...a work formed by the collection and assembling of preexisting materials or
of data that is selected, coordinated, or arranged in such a way that the
resulting work as a whole constitutes an original work of authorship..."

Ronald L. Chichester
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