Source code

James J. Besemer jb at
Tue Sep 17 01:26:30 EDT 2002

Peter Hansen wrote:

> Copyright is actually a passive thing now, as opposed to active.
> That is, you don't have "to copyright your work", because unless
> you explicitly disclaim the copyright, you automatically get it. 


> As I recall, this was not always the case in at least the U.S.,
> but has been the case for a number of years now.  


Furthermore, even if you formally assign the copyright to somebody else, 
I understand ownership eventually reverts to the original author after a 
lengthy period (45 years or something).  Evidently it preserves the 
copyright for the heirs of the author.


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