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Re: zwiki copyright status

On Fri, Nov 12, 2004 at 12:11:18PM -0800, Bob McElrath wrote:
> 1. Does the above constitute a valid copyright transfer?  Given the
> above, what is the copyright status of this project?  Are the copyrights
> still held by individual contributors or are they (in your legal
> opinion) actually held by the maintainer?

As for this part of your question: no.  Copyright transfer must be made
in writing, at least in the US.  (IANAL; this is my understanding but
not a legal opinion.)


"A transfer of copyright ownership, other than by operation of law, is
not valid unless an instrument of conveyance, or a note or memorandum of
the transfer, is in writing and signed by the owner of the rights conveyed
or such owner's duly authorized agent."

Verbal agreement isn't enough.

Glenn Maynard

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