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Re: Unicode 11.0 added a special Copyleft symbol

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Unicode 11.0 added a special Copyleft symbol
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:01:33 -0700
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On 06/11/2018 07:28 AM, Stefan Monnier wrote:
The law is there to express an*intention*  that needs to be interpreted
in the specific context where it is applied, and in the context of
a mostly ASCII file, a "(C) together with a year and a name, appearing
where copyright notices often appear"*is*  a copyright sign.

I would love it if judges followed common sense like that. Alas, they don't always, and it's generally better to play it safe rather than assume that a judge will follow one's own interpretation. Under US law it's pretty clear that "Copyright (C) 2018 Foo" is a valid copyright notice even though the "(C)" is legally immaterial. In other countries it might not be so clear. And even in the US, plain "(C) 2018 Foo" is a bit dubious; why tempt fate?

Although almost every country nowadays follows the Berne convention so notice is not required to obtain copyright, notice is still legally helpful (it might help plaintiffs get increased damages, say), and if you want that legal help the most bulletproof notice internationally is "©2018 Foo".

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