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Re: Public Domain and Packaging

On Monday 18 July 2005 11:07 am, Brian M. Carlson wrote:
> What we *don't* want, is software that is copyrighted (which PD software
> isn't) and then without a license, because that gives us almost no
> rights whatsoever.

There is no such thing as software that isn't copyrighted.  All original 
expression that is fixed in a tangible form is immediately copyrighted (at 
least, that's the U.S. rule).  There is still lots of debate as to whether it 
is possible to disclaim that copyright...  but there is no question that it 
is, at the moment of creation, copyrighted.

Mr. Crowther is better off accepting he has a copyright and simply attaching a 
COPYING file that says "I grant anyone and everyone an irrevocable license to 
copy, modify, distribute, perform, display, or engage in anyother act 
requiring my permission with this software."  Yes, there are a host of legal 
questions with that as well, but it gets us way closer to the pale than 
attempts to disclaim the copyright.


Sean Kellogg
3rd Year - University of Washington School of Law
Graduate & Professional Student Senate Treasurer
UW Service & Activities Committee Interim Chair 
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