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Re: PS documentation file, no sources, author died

Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
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

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

*minimum* ? Not really. Copyrights disappear when there are no
copyright holders (failed bankrupts procedure and lack of heirs,
when public entities doesn't take the assets).

On some countries (like UK, IIRC) there are also "orphaned

Anyway these cases doesn't make it GPL compatible.


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