[Python-Dev] Copyright notices in modules
mal at egenix.com
Tue Jan 20 13:28:54 CET 2009
On 2009-01-20 11:02, Michael Foord wrote:
> M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>>> Does the copyright concept even apply to an
>>> abstract base class (I thought APIs were not
>>> subject to copyright, just like database layouts
>>> and language definitions)?
>> It applies to the written program text. You are probably
>> thinking about other IP rights such as patents or designs.
> You need to read Van Lindberg's excellent book on intellectual property
> rights and open source (which is about American law and European law
> will be different). Mere collections of facts are not copyrightable as
> they are not creative (the basis of copyright) and this is presumed to
> apply to parts of software like header files and interface descriptions
> - which could easily apply to ABCs in Python.
I doubt that you can make such assumptions in general. It's a
case-by-case decision and also one that depends on the copyright
law or convention you assume.
See e.g. the WIPO copyright treaty:
and the Berne Convention:
That said, for numbers.py there's certainly enough creativity in that
file to enjoy copyright protection.
> I recommend his book by the way - I'm about half way through so far and
> it is highly readable
Thanks for the pointer.
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