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Re: Public Domain and Packaging



In message <1121724807.11772.50.camel@stonewall.crustytoothpaste.ath.cx>, Brian M. Carlson <sandals@crustytoothpaste.ath.cx> writes
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.

False.  You, as a lawyer-to-be, should know better than to be imprecise.
U.S. Government software is not copyrighted, and cannot be so,
excepting, of course, the United States Postal Service, which is granted
an exception under 19 U.S.C.

I gather that's false too :-)

The rule, afaict (and I'm not an American), is that copyright *cannot* *be* *enforced*, which is not the same thing at all ...

Cheers,
Wol
--
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HEX wondered how much he should tell the Wizards. He felt it would not be a
good idea to burden them with too much input. Hex always thought of his reports
as Lies-to-People.
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