Status of US Government Works in foreign countries
I am working on packaging a library developed by US Census Bureau. All
information about it can be found here:
As it is developed by part of the US Government, it is thus considered
as uncopyrighted at least in the US. Here is the relevant part though:
This Software was created by U.S. Government employees and therefore is
not subject to copyright in the United States (17 U.S.C. §105). The
United States/Department of Commerce reserves all rights to seek and
obtain copyright protection in countries other than the United States.
US Goverment public domain issue has been discussed a few times in this
mailing list . According to the interpretation by , this would
fall into public domain abroad as well and second part of the above
licence snippet may be unenforceable.
I wonder therefore whether it is legally sound to state licence as
'public-domain' for the package and include the licence and disclaimer
text from the website. Would the package under this license qualify as
free, non-free or should be outside Debian?
In my view, libtnt package in the main repo may be the one setting a
precedent here as it refers to the same (17 U.S.C §105), although its
licence does not specify restrictions to foreign countries.