Re: Concerns about works created by the US government
Henning Makholm <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Hm, do we have anything in Debian with a "this is U.S. government
> work, so copyright does not apply to it" license status? I seem to
> remember that -legal once concluded that it was as good as "public
> domain", but I cannot find it in the archives.
The ncbi-tools6 package I maintain falls into this category; its
source files generally state up front
* PUBLIC DOMAIN NOTICE
* National Center for Biotechnology Information
* This software/database is a "United States Government Work" under the
* terms of the United States Copyright Act. It was written as part of
* the author's official duties as a United States Government employee and
* thus cannot be copyrighted. This software/database is freely available
* to the public for use. The National Library of Medicine and the U.S.
* Government have not placed any restriction on its use or reproduction.
* Although all reasonable efforts have been taken to ensure the accuracy
* and reliability of the software and data, the NLM and the U.S.
* Government do not and cannot warrant the performance or results that
* may be obtained by using this software or data. The NLM and the U.S.
* Government disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including
* warranties of performance, merchantability or fitness for any particular
* Please cite the author in any work or product based on this material.
BTW, please Cc: me on replies -- I don't generally read -legal, and
just happened to stumble across this thread when looking for something