Re: Source licensing

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 11:13:26 CDT

On May 10, 2004, at 10:45 AM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> I would put it to the board that such trademark,
> service mark, brand, copyright or other legal
> protections proceed without delay.

My understanding is that trademark (and service mark) protections
require that you actually engage in trade (or service), and that
registration in advance of sale is of limited value. We ought to
ask one of our legal volunteers about this!

Copyright, on the other hand, is something we own right now, on
every thing we produce, and the important thing to do is to assert
our rights and state explicit license conditions under which the
material may be reused without bothering us and conditions under
which we want to be asked so that we may grant permission or withhold
permission, as the case may be.

By putting things on the web, we're offering implicit permissions,
but the boundary around those implicit permissions may be vague.
Far better to state them.

                Doug Jones
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