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Re: svn commit: rev 4233...

From: Daniel Berlin <dberlin_at_dberlin.org>
Date: 2003-01-03 08:00:38 CET

On Friday, January 3, 2003, at 12:48 AM, Greg Hudson wrote:

> On Thu, 2003-01-02 at 21:34, B. W. Fitzpatrick wrote:
>> I don't think it's anything more than a matter of correctness. Any
>> lawyers here want to add their 2 cents?
> Well, most lawyers probably aren't interested in version control. :)

Actually, i'm a second year law student specializing in IP law.
I've taken copyright law.
But i'm not yet a liar^H^H^Hawyer, and this certainly ain't legal

> But I've had a little training on the topic. As I understand it, the
> magic "Copyright" phrase is mostly a throwback to before the Berne
> convention (particularly the copyright symbol and the phrase "all
> rights
> reserved").
This gives me flashbacks to a copyright final.
"Which of the following notices is likely to give you the least amount
of protection:

> I don't think it has any magic bearing in a court.
It doesn't matter for validity, it would matter for damages.
It also allows the innocent infringer defense.

> It does serve to document the copyright owner and the range of dates
> represented in the file. The dates will probably not be too relevant
> for about 95 years, when the copyright expires, and by then they will
> almost certainly be inaccurate.
> If we put "2000-2003" in files which were created after 2000, as well
> as
> files which were not modified in 2003, then we're documenting
> falsehoods, though not terribly important ones.
Be careful, since invalid notice can be the same as no notice (this may
or may not matter, depending on whether you care about damages, etc).

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