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Re: PHPNuke license

On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 07:09:46PM +0100, Florian Weimer wrote:
> Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> writes:
> > What this restriction is much *more* like is the Zope web bug
> Are you sure that there are any countries which do not forbid removing
> copyright notices?

I've always regarded it as a given that that countries in which
copyright law is enforced at all typically have a provision such that
the removal of a copyright notice *from a work to which it applies* is
prohibited unless expressly authorized by the holder.  It would be silly
to interpret the DFSG as requiring copyright infringement.

It is not *always* the case that a copyright notice is unremovable,

1) you may have permission from the copyright holder to remove it
2) the copyright notice may not apply to the work
   a) it could be fraudulently applied;
   b) the work could be in the public domain;
   c) the copyright notice may not be a copyright notice per se, but an
      example or joke

As an example of 2c),

This message is Copyright 2038 Goobersnack Industries, Inc.  All Rights

The above notice is clearly invalid.

G. Branden Robinson                |     Software engineering: that part of
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     computer science which is too
branden@debian.org                 |     difficult for the computer
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     scientist.

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