Subject: Re: default copyright for docs?
To: Jan Schaumann <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
Date: 05/29/2002 16:30:00
Jan Schaumann <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Well, the files in which it's explicitly mentioned are the obivous case.
> My question was if there is a default copyright that applies if not
> mentioned. The reason I ask is that we have somebody from the LFS ask
> www@ regarding using bindresvport.3, which has no copyright notice
> So if no copyright exists (cgd just confirmed to me that the original
> from which he imported this file did not have any copyright notice
> either), I assume we consider it public domain?
Under the international copyright treaties both our countries have
signed, mere absence of a copyright notice does not place a work in
the public domain. The default assumption is that something cannot be
copied, not that it is public domain. All works are "born copyrighted".
If there is a file in the distribution that doesn't have a proper
copyright, you should get someone to find out where it came from and
have a proper copyright added.
Perry E. Metzger email@example.com
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