[python-uk] copyright info in source

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at suttoncourtenay.org.uk
Wed Sep 11 13:16:46 CEST 2013

On 10 September 2013 22:49, Russel Winder <russel at winder.org.uk> wrote:

> You are correct that the author of any literary work has moral rights in
> that work. The copyright always rests with the original author unless
> explicitly assigned. However in the cases I have been involved with,
> barristers have chosen not to make any copyright arguments over source
> files where there was no explicit statement of copyright in the original
> file. Other issues yes, but not ones of copyright.

Copyright is mostly automatic, so a single copyright on the project, or
indeed none at all, won't make any significant difference to an individual
assertion in each file. However, if you want to be identified as the author
of a work you must explicitly assert that right. If each source file is a
separate work then I guess you may need to assert that in every file.
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