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Re: missing copyright statements

From: Dmitri A. Sergatskov
Subject: Re: missing copyright statements
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 19:16:02 -0600
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Russell Standish wrote:
Surely code openly released by the copyright holder without an
explicit license becomes "public domain" and can be used in any way by
whomever as they see fit.

This is, generally speaking, definitely not the case in USA (see e.g.:

As Paul Kienzle pointed out to me, in case of octave-forge, indeed any
non-claimed work become BSD-licensed or public domain.

From the file COPYING:

 Any files not otherwise covered by a license
are assumed to be covered by a BSD-style license (see COPYING.BSD) if the
author is listed or in the public domain if no author is listed.  Files which
link with octave are implicitly covered by the GPL (see COPYING.GPL).



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