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From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-18 17:07:17

Is a reason that failing to claim copyright at least
may permit someone else to claim copyright
and then for them to restrict use of the software?

The Boost statement appears to me to be

1 a definitive claim of copyright,
2 and a definitive disclosure providing a bar to any attempts to patent.

But a legal view would be useful.

Are companies worried that someone will pop up and claim
enfringement of copyright and/or patent,
and demand money (perhaps with menaces!)?

If this is correct, then I believe Boost _should_ require
the license statement to reduce the risk, Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.


Paul A Bristow, Prizet Farmhouse, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8AB UK
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Kevin S. Van Horn
> Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 2:59 PM
> To: boost_at_[hidden]
> Subject: Re: [boost] Boost License Issues
> Since the issue of licenses has come up again, I'd like to ask a question
> about the license requirements. The third listed item is,
> "Must require that the license appear on all copies of the software
> source code."
> Is this a misprint? Should "must" be "may"? As it stands, this implies
> that Boost library submissions will be rejected if they are simply placed
> into the public domain, wholly unrestricted. I can't think of any good
> reason for such a policy.
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