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From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-20 05:23:43

I am sure legal views on this would be useful, but I fear that if you ask
n lawyers for their opinion, you will end up with more than n+1 opinions!

Can't we tap some of these firms that are worrying about this for
their legal views, for what they are worth?


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]On Behalf Of Beman Dawes
> Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 1:15 AM
> To: Boost mailing list; Boost mailing list
> Subject: Re: [boost] Boost License Issues
> At 09:38 AM 11/19/2002, Andrew Koenig wrote:
> >Beman> Even something in the public domain should have a copyright, and a
> >Beman> license that says it is in the public domain.
> >
> >I think you should check this statement with a lawyer.
> I'd really like a knowledgeable intellectual property lawyer to review all
> Boost related license issues. But finding one willing to help has been a
> problem. Suggestions would be welcome.
> > Keith Gorlen,
> >the author of the NIH (National Institutes of Health) class library,
> >told me once that his work, being a ``US Government work'' is in the
> >public domain and *cannot* be copyrighted or licensed. That is,
> >*nothing* that anyone does with his work can legally prevent anyone
> >from copying it, so there is no meaningful way of licensing it.
> If I understand correctly, what was being requested was that it be possible
> to clearly associate each file with its legal status. So in the case you
> mention, I guess they would want to see a notice to the effect it was
> a "US Government work" and that it was in the public domain.
> We know some potential Boost users are delaying use of the libraries
> because of uncertainty about legal issues. We would like to address those
> issues, but really need help from a knowledgeable lawyer to do so.
> --Beman
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