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Re: Legal status of short, perhaps uncopyrightable program (fwd)

Joe Smith wrote:
> Before 1989 (in the US) lack of a copyright notice on an authorized 
publication could cause loss of copyright protection if the work was not 
registerd within 5 years, and all future versions be published with a correct 
notice. As the earliest known version has no copyright notice, was published 
in 1990 but with the implication that it had been previously published, and 
the fact that copyright registration of this work nearly trivial work is 
highly unlikely, there is a good chance that it is indeed in the public 

However, to verify this one would really want to find a *1988 or earlier* 
publication of the work by the author.  A good thing to find.  :-)

Nathanael Nerode  <neroden@twcny.rr.com>

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