Re: (lack of) Copyright of OVC documents

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 10:54:46 CDT

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On May 11, 2004, at 5:21 AM, Edward Cherlin wrote:
> I would prefer to see everything copyrighted, with reasonable rights
> assigned back to each author. I don't like the idea that someone can
> appropriate our archive, mess with it, and copyright the result.

This was discussed at ENORMOUS length back in August. At least read
the whole archive. The strong sentiment of many of our pivotal figures
was that discussion/documentation should be PD; but source code should
be under Free Software license (EVMPL = GPL + Jones-changelog-clause).

I don't want to go over all that again. And I definitely don't want to
change the status.

See my other note for the likely misunderstanding of PD that Ed might
hold.

Someone is welcome to copy/excerpt our archive, and publish it under
copyright. For example, a publisher might put out a book on, say
voting technologies or on the evolution of free software projects, and
take as much of our list archive as they want for use therein. That
was decided to be a design goal, not a bug. The original archive
remains freely available in that case, no one has to buy the book to
see our posts.

If someone were to modify posts in a way that made it seem like I wrote
something I don't like, my remedy is not a copyright claim, but libel.
If I just don't like they way they edited out of an editorial
aesthetic, I'm out of luck. But if they egregiously put words into my
"mouth" (fingers?) that really tend to damage my reputation, I have
non-copyright remedy. That's an extreme case though, as it should be.

Yours, David...
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