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Re: [GNUnet-developers] question on copyrights in gnURL / cURL

From: Werner Koch
Subject: Re: [GNUnet-developers] question on copyrights in gnURL / cURL
Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:40:57 +0200
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On Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:56, address@hidden said:
> But copyright*able* does not mean that you must claim it, it just means
> you _could_. And attribution is again separate, under the cURL license I

Nope, there is no need to claim copyright.  It is a personal right which
immediately takes effect.  Regardless of whether there is a written
Copyright line.  This is due to the Berne convention and is thus also
effective in the US.  However, a written Copyright line seems to makes
legal processings easier in the US.  Recall now hard it
was for IBM et al to disprove the claims of of SCO.  it cost them a lot
oif effort to treack down all changes.

Common law (US/UK) allows to entirely sell your copyright; in European
law you can't sell your copyright.  But the final effect is basically
the same.

> don't see that you'd even have a right to require attribution, and you

Who can take that away?

> certainly have no duty to provide it in any particular form either.
> Besides, Git is good enough for that for anyone who really wants to know.

The problem with relying on Git is that there is no requirement to
distribute the repo along with the, say, tarball.  Eventually there will
be only a tarball with modification outside of Git.  Thus it is
important to distribute a ChangeLog with the source (the GPL even
requires such a list of changes not done by the original author)).  A
ChangeLog derived from a Git log should be sufficient because it allows
to see who did changes at all.



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