[python-uk] copyright info in source

Jon Ribbens jon+python-uk at unequivocal.co.uk
Tue Sep 10 15:14:03 CEST 2013

On Mon, Sep 09, 2013 at 08:03:06PM +0100, Russel Winder wrote:
> Whilst you are correct that this has been agreed by case law for books
> and magazines (the so called moral rights), as far as I am aware there
> has been no case in the UK that has provided case law for this. Legal
> advice is always to put an explicit statement of copyright, copyright
> owner and licence in all files.

Only, I think, because lawyers tend to err on the side of what they
perceive as caution rather than having any confidence that their
advice is actually correct.

> The difficulty, at least in UK precedent, is to know the provenance of
> the content. Has the material been copied via a route that creates a
> public domain work.

You mean, was this computer program code written over 70 years ago or
by somebody who died over 70 years ago? It doesn't seem very likely.

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