Re: Public Domain in Russia
Yes, I recieved your bug report. Yes, it is a bug. Yes, I'll
remove this dictionary, when I will be near thick channel to
upload new dictionary.
I read license from other dictionary distributed with this, it was
ok. I was wrong. Sorry, excuse me.
PS. It was my mistake, and If you want to fix it really soon, you can
make a NMU, because I will be near thick channel in 3 days. Sorry.
David Starner <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I was looking at the license to mueller7accent-dict. The COPYRIGHT
> file reads:
> (C) 1996 S.Starostin
> (C) 1999-2000 E.S.Cymbalyuk <email@example.com>
> This program is licensed under the GNU GPL version 2 or later,
> see /usr/share/common-licences/GPL on a Debian system or
> http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html on the web.
> I was digging around upstream, though, and found this:
> Copyright agreement is provided in first line of the dictionary file:
> (C) V.K.Mueller English-Russian Dictionary, 7 Edition;
> "State Publishing House of Foreign and National Dictionaries" Moscow 1961;
> Free Electronic Version by S.Starostin 1996 starling.rinet.ru/download/dict.exe;
> Electronic Version by E.S.Cymbalyuk 1999 under GNU GPL, ver. 1.2, see latest version on www.chat.ru/~mueller_dic or www.geocities.com/mueller_dic
> You may download original DOS-version of the Mueller dictionary (7
> Edition) for DOS from www-page of Sergei Starostin. According to the
> extracurial compromise between company "ABBYY" and publishing house
> "Russky Yazyk", publishing house "Russky Yazyk" has copyrights on
> editions of Mueller dictionary published after 1961 only. Thus the
> content of Mueller dictionary published before 1961 is in public
> domain. S.Starostin, as the author of the first electronic version
> of Mueller dictionary, kindly allowed me to use his code one for any
> purpose. You can use my electronic version of Mueller dictionary
> under GNU GPL.
> The Russian Scientific-Technical Center "Informregistr" has
> registered the Electronic Version of Mueller Dictionary (7 Edition)
> on February 29, 2000. The number of State registration is
> This should be in the copyright file, right? More worrysome to me,
> though, is why is this in the public domain? Under Berne convention
> copyright law, Mueller or ABBYY or Russky Yazyk would still have
> copyright, unless it was deliberately given up. Does the registry
> number tell us anything about the copyright status?
> (I may be going a little paranoid here, but this upstream isn't
> careful in dealing with copyright issues, and the description
> sounds a little suspicious. What does extracurial mean, and what
> did he mean it to mean, anyway?)
> David Starner - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peter Novodvorsky http://www.altlinux.ru/ AltLinux Team, Russia
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