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Re: Hypothetical situation to chew on

Nathanael Nerode wrote:
>> Yes, this is what SUCKS about current copyright law.  The presumption is 
>>"All  rights reserved unless you have explicit permission".
Josh Triplett wrote:
>Somehow, I doubt you'd say that about a GPL-licensed package with one
>author who wants to grant a proprietary license to make money.  The only
>difference between this situation and that one is that we like the
>license change in one of them. :)

Let me clarify.  :-)

I have few complaints with the treatment of material for which the authors 
*claim* copyright.

My complaint is about material distributed willy-nilly by its authors with 
*no* copyright statements and *no* licensing information.  Clearly the 
authors didn't intend "all rights reserved", but that's what current law 

In contrast, pre-1986 (I think) US law specified that works published (== 
deliberately distributed to the public by their authors) without a copyright 
statement went into the public domain.

Note that this email message is subject to copyright, and can't legally be 
reprinted without permission (except for fair use, such as quotation rights).  
Under pre-1986 US law, it would be public domain, because I didn't affix a 
copyright notice.

This change has, frankly, made a freaking mess.  This is why projects have to 
have statements like "By submitting a patch, you agree to license it to us 
under (license of choice)".  Under the old law, submitting a patch of your 
own authorship to a public bug tracking system would be publishing it, and if 
you did so without a copyright notice -- public domain.

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