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Re: [Savannah-register-public] [task #11582] Submission of RFree

From: Maggie Avener
Subject: Re: [Savannah-register-public] [task #11582] Submission of RFree
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:20:43 -0500
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I received a reply from the FCC confirming that their statement about the code applies to curves_subroutines.f as well. I updated the code to include a brief comment at the beginning establishing that the file was created by the FCC and is assumed to be in the public domain. The new tarball is at

I think I've addressed all of the issues with the tarball - please let me know if there's anything else I need to do.


On 11/14/2011 06:02 PM, Karl Berry wrote:
Hi Maggie,

(Really should be doing this in the submission ticket, but oh well.)

     As far as I understand from copyright law, anything written by FCC staff
     is automatically considered public domain.

That is true, assuming the "FCC staff" involved were US government
employees.  The rules can be different for contractors.

     We aren't making any official statement about the code being in the
     "public domain."

What a useless FUD-generating non-statement by them :(.

     However, you are free to use the code, copy it, modify it, or
     otherwise make it available to others via the web.

That seems good enough, if they confirm it about the present file.

     label it as public domain now, but change the license info to GPL 3+
     if we make any substantial changes to it. Can you confirm?

Yes, that sounds like the right thing to me too.


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