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Re: Add support for VMS debugging format
Phil Edwards wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 02, 2001 at 05:16:25PM -0500, Richard Kenner wrote:
>>I didn't realize this had changed: we used to be putting them into the
>>public domain by saying nothing.
> That was back in the Good Ol' Days, before lawyers. Today, saying nothing
> is an invitation for an arbitrary number of lawsuits.
More to the point: Saying nothing means the author owns the copyright,
even if there is no explicit copyright statement. You have to
*explicitly* place something in the public domain. Now I'm fairly sure
that there is no legal requirement that there has to be a disclaimer in
the code itself (after all anyone is free to do anything otherwise legal
with public-domain code, including adding their own copyright), but
having the disclaimer in the source file itself just makes most sense.