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Re: RFS: Thousand Parsec packages.

Tristan Seligmann <mithrandi@mithrandi.za.net> writes:

> * Ben Finney <bignose+hates-spam@benfinney.id.au>:
> > Copyright notices are only valid if they contain all three of:
> > 
> >   * The word "Copyright" and/or the copyright symbol "©"
> >   * The year(s) the copyright began in the work
> >   * The name of the legal entity that holds the copyright
> Valid in what sense?

Recognised legally.

> Since copyright is automatic under the Berne Convention (so far as I
> understand), the copyright holder would still retain their rights
> even if no copyright notice existed

This is true as far as it goes, but:

> so is a strict formal copyright notice still required by anything?

My understanding is that a copyright declaration on the work makes it
easier to prove to a court that the recipient knows that the work *is*
copyrighted to the specified entity, and that the copyright is

In that sense, while the copyright holder retains that copyright
irrespective of notices, the notices make life legally simpler for
both the copyright holder *and* recipient, provided such notices are
in a standard legally-recognised form.

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