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Re: Questioning the Public Domain'ness of certain data



On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 04:00:43PM -0500, Elizabeth Barham wrote:
>    But, however, I have not had seen anything in writing specifically
> stating that the data is public domain and I received no reply when I
> asked them the license of the data via the email address on the
> above-cited webpage.
> 
>    My intention is to release a debian package containing Berkely DB
> databases that contain the same data as found in the above-cited URL.
> 
>    How do you suggest I proceed?

United States Code, Title 17, Chapter 1:

Sec. 105. - Subject matter of copyright: United States Government works

Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of
the United States Government, but the United States Government is not
precluded from receiving and holding copyrights transferred to it by
assignment, bequest, or otherwise.

If you have good reason to believe that the data in question was
prepared by the U.S. government, then the material cannot be
copyrighted.

If you do make such a determination, I would go ahead and target the
package for main.

-- 
G. Branden Robinson                |          Measure with micrometer,
Debian GNU/Linux                   |          mark with chalk,
branden@debian.org                 |          cut with axe,
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |          hope like hell.

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