Re: Copyright on list archives

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Aug 18 2003 - 08:48:51 CDT

On Sunday, August 17, 2003, at 05:09 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> Arthur Keller <arthur@kellers.org> wrote:
> |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?
>
> I would probably say yes on the PD documentation too. But I'm flexible,
> as long as it is an Open approach.

I'd agree -- documentation for voting systems really belongs
out in the open, completely in the public domain! While I'd
like to see restrictions on the source code, for example:

   Copies of all or any part of this code may be used freely
   in non-voting applications. Copies of all or part of this
   code may not be used in voting applications unless the entire
   revision history relevant to the code in question is retained
   and additions are made to reflect any and all revisions to
   that part of the code that is copied.

My intent with this restriction is not to prevent copying or
disclosure of the code, but rather, to make failure to retain
and maintain the revision logs into a violation of the copyright
on the code. This is not something that GPL deals with, but it
seems to me that is isn't a bad thing to add.

But that applies only to the code. I believe the documentation
for voting systems, and for that matter, much of the public
infrastructure of the world, should be in the public domain.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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