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Re: Implied vs. explicit copyright

tb@becket.net (Thomas Bushnell, BSG) writes:

> Drew Scott Daniels <umdanie8@cc.UManitoba.CA> writes:
>> Is the an implied copyright notification (I.e. "code added by person")
>> sufficient in the debian/copyright or is it necessary to say
>> explicitly say "year copyright person"?
> There is no such thing as "implied copyright".  

But he didn't say there was.  He said there was an (implied (copyright
notification)), which there is.

In the USA, setting down a form of art is sufficient to grant
copyright.  So writing "Extra Foo added by Brian Sniffen" is enough
to make readers aware that I own the copyright on the Extra Foo bits.
In some places, the incantation "Copyright (c) 2003 Brian Sniffen" has
legal meaning.  Even in the US, it's illegal to falsely place such a

Given all of that, I think it would be better if you *could* put such
a statement into debian/copyright, but probably not a good idea for
you to independently write one.


Brian T. Sniffen                                        bts@alum.mit.edu

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