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Re: PS documentation file, no sources, author died



In message <20090530071729.GH30552@matthew.ath.cx>, Matthew Johnson <mjj29@debian.org> writes
On Sat May 30 00:21, Rafael Laboissiere wrote:
I would really like to distribute the documentation file but the upstream
author died recently [6] and the chances are small that the sources can
be found.  Is there any rule that applies to this case, I mean, when an
author dies?

Copyright (at least in some important jurisdiction) applies for life +
70 years, so it still applies and would now be held by the author's
estate.

Copyright in pretty much ALL jurisdictions (ie not including, iirc, places like North Korea) lasts for a *minimum* of 50 calendar years after creation.

You can't state the worst case and then assume it applies without knowing anything about the author :-) You can state the probable best case, and then assume it probably applies...

Cheers,
Wol
--
Anthony W. Youngman - anthony@thewolery.demon.co.uk


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