Re: Concerns about works created by the US government
On Wed, Apr 06, 2005 at 05:55:36PM +0300, Sami Liedes wrote:
> The relevant US law says (title 17, chapter 1, § 105):
> 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.
> This certainly seems to make the works effectively PD in the US;
> however it almost seems as if that was carefully worded to _not_ place
> works in the PD, only to make the US government unable to enforce
> their copyright under the US law.
I think this is drawing a distinction between government works and works
received by the government from elsewhere.
For example, the Library of Congress receives copyrighted works, but
that doesn't mean that they're works of the goverment.