Re: Copyright on list archives

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Aug 17 2003 - 16:16:57 CDT

Placing our messages in the public domain is fine with me. Do we
want also to assert that the documentation is in the public domain,
or that it is GPL?

Best regards,

At 1:35 PM -0400 8/17/03, David Mertz wrote:
>I propose that--by consent of the list--we release all discussions on
>the mailing list to the public domain. While these discussions are
>perhaps less important to an eventual project than is GPL'd code, they
>could potentially help demonstrate prior art against a future contrary
>patent claim.
>Strictly speaking, prior art is not affected by the copyright of the
>documents in which the art is described. But the PD release I describe
>allows anyone who wants to to mirror and excerpt any archived discussion
>(or adapt it in documentation, etc).
>If this idea is OK'd, I'll change the list archive to attach an
>indicatory notice to each message archived. Btw. there are some other
>freedom-oriented ways of licensing documents, for example some allow
>free reproduction, but only without alteration. But I think we like
>authorizing alteration.
>Yours, David...
>P.S. Astute readers will have noticed that all my posts--both here and
>everywhere else--are explicitly released to the public domain. Check
>the 'X-Copyright' header of my messages. I'm not a big guy for
>proprietary IP :-).

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