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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] A project submission review

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] A project submission review
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:41:56 -0600

    Also, the author's copyright notices doesn't include '(C)' - we
    recommend adding it, though this isn't mandatory.

I don't think there is a reason to recommend it, or not recommend it.
Was there a specific reason to recommend it?

When I researched it on the US Library of Congress web site (and what I
could find on Berne in general), there was no indication that the three
characters "(C)" had any legal significance whatsoever.  C-in-a-circle
does (equivalent to the word "Copyright").  It would not be wise to
assume that "(C)" has the same legal meaning, although computer
programmers may have assumed otherwise.  I couldn't find any actual law
or precedent or information about it.

The right thing to do is always write the word "Copyright" (always in
English, too); whether there is a "(C)" is immaterial.  It doesn't harm
anything to have it, but it's definitely not necessary.


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