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Re: Overview of copyright issues


From: Reinhold Kainhofer
Subject: Re: Overview of copyright issues
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:05:08 +0200
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Am Samstag, 19. September 2009 20:45:46 schrieb Anthony W. Youngman:
> In message <address@hidden>, John Mandereau
> >On the opposite, note that snippets from LSR are public domain, not FDL.
>
> Aarrgghh.
>
> The snippets are not public domain, unless the author put them there.

Exactly. By putting them on LSR, you are putting it into PD. See e.g. 
http://lsr.dsi.unimi.it/LSR/html/whatsthis.html

Also, the snippet submission page starts with the very sentence: 
"Important: By entering your snippet, you are placing it in the public domain. 
This includes also snippets taken from the Lilypond manual (the manual authors 
grant you their permission to do so)."


And please don't argue that you were not aware, because that's there on the 
"About" page of the LSR, so if you still contribute it's you fault to not 
check. Not knowing doesn't prevent from prosecution, as we have a saying in 
(criminal) law studies here in Austria ("Nichtwissen sch├╝tzt vor Strafe 
nicht").

> The *music* may be public domain, but the *arrangement* is copyright
> whoever wrote the lilypond code (unless you make the argument that the
> snippet is too small to qualify for copyright).

Again, by contributing to the LSR, the authors explicitly put it into PD (or 
one might argue that in jurisdictions without the notion of PD, they grant all 
rights they can give away, only retaining the moral rights that can't be 
signed away).

Cheers,
Reinhold


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Reinhold Kainhofer, address@hidden, http://reinhold.kainhofer.com/
 * Financial & Actuarial Math., Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria
 * http://www.fam.tuwien.ac.at/, DVR: 0005886
 * LilyPond, Music typesetting, http://www.lilypond.org
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