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Re: Early Software Free?

On Sat, 2003-10-04 at 02:30, D. Starner wrote:

> Okay, I have an Algol68 compiler written at Oklahoma State University
> in 1971. (This is not a hypothetical - I have this code, and have
> considered porting it to a more modern system, say Fortran 77 targetting 
> a VAX.) Is it clearly in the public domain?

I believe that under the pre-1976 copyright act, if it doesn't have a
proper notice of copyright, it is in the public domain. Also, I believe
it had to be registered to be copyrighted.

IANAL, and you should probably talk to one first.

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