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Re: public domain to GPL?


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: public domain to GPL?
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 11:13:58 -0400


"Jerry" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden

It seems, according to the author of the above quote, that it is
possible to modify a public domain program and  copyright the modified
version as a whole.  (If that is true, then I figure maybe I can GPL a
modified version of a public domain program.)

The author is concerned that someone some day may want to proprietize their work. You cannot assert a copyright for a public domain or any other program that you didn't produce. You can assert a copyright on the work as a whole where you have made some unique changes to the original expression, but you have to register it first. If what you change is trivial, you are not going to win anything worthwhile in court.




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