[python-uk] copyright info in source

Russel Winder russel at winder.org.uk
Tue Sep 10 23:55:39 CEST 2013

On Tue, 2013-09-10 at 14:14 +0100, Jon Ribbens wrote:
> 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.

Indeed. Most are usually interested in winning, and making money, not in
doing the "right thing" (whatever that is).

> 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.

Not always. As I understand it, if there is a copyright violation that
the copyright owner fails to act against, it can lead to the material
being deemed to be in the public domain. But IANAL.

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