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[OT] RE: algol 60 for gcc


On 08 August 2006 19:57, David Nicol wrote:

> On 8/8/06, Petr Machata <pmachata@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> I'm trying to make the university to GPL the code and documentation, and
>> give up their copyright, so that it could be used without restriction,
>> but won't know the outcome until later this year.
> 
> I am not a lawyer, but [...snip!...] 

  http://cygwin.com/acronyms#YANALATEYHSMBSI!  :)

> my understanding from researching university claims
> to copyright of student work is that 

  And are you offering to indemnify him against any damages he may incur if he
acts on your advice?

> a university policy of holding a
> copyright on work you have done in a class that you paid to be in is
> entirely specious. 
> 
> If you are being compensated for your work and receiving research grants or
> something like that it's different, but if you are doing work for a
> class that you
> are paying to be in, that work is yours under the Berne convention, and it
> is yours to license how you please.  

  Yes, indeed, your work is yours to license as you please.

  And so if you have signed an agreement when you joined the university
granting them a license to your work, as part of the terms and conditions of
attendance and study, then you have already done exactly that, and they have a
watertight case.

  If you haven't read the terms of Petr's agreement, you really can't add
anything but uninformed and potentially *seriously*
misleading-because-incomplete information to the matter.  And we're waaay
off-topic here anyway.


    cheers,
      DaveK
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