From: Paul A. Bristow (boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-11-25 14:13:21
So should we use
"Copyright (c), 2002, A N Author"
to cover as many countries/lawyers as possible?
But do we need to update the year for each release (perhaps twice a year?)?
What significance does the year have?
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 Rene Rivera
> Sent: Monday, November 25, 2002 9:16 AM
> To: Boost mailing list
> Subject: Re: [boost] Boost License Issues
> [2002-11-25] Lars Gullik Bjønnes wrote:
> >Rene Rivera <grafik666_at_[hidden]> writes:
> >| Nice to know, but AFAIK "(C)" does have legal standing; but only if used
> >| addition to "Copyright". And yes the command as previously posted checked
> >| for "copyright" only :-)
> >But of course if "Copyright" is present, then "(C)" is utterly
> >redundant. It was my impression also that the string "(C)" never had
> >any legal standing. (IMHO you kill it, and use "Copyright" all over.)
> To quote from my handy dandy legal guide (Software development; a legal
> guide / by Stephen Fishman. -- 2nd national ed. ISBN 0-87337-397-90)...
> 4.R. Form of Notice?
> ...A valid copyright notice contains three elements:
> * the copyright symbold or the words "Copyright" or "Copr.,"
> * if the software or other work is published, the year of publication, and
> * the name of the copyright owner.
> It is not required that these elements appear in any particular order in the
> notice, but most notices are written in the order set forth above.
> [...and further along...]
> 4.R.1. Copyright Symbol or the Words "Copyright" or "Copr."
> ...in those 20 or so foreign countries that require a copyright notice
> appear on published work for it to be protected by copyright at all, you
> must use the © [circled c, for those without the correct char set] symbol...
> So if your work might be distributed outside the U.S., be sure to always use
> the © [circled c] symbol.
> ...if, for some reason, your computer is unable to make a © [circled c]
> symbol, the word Copyright or abbreviation Copr. should be used along with a
> c in parentheses--like this: (c). This will be valid notice in the U.S., but
> there might be problems in some foreign countries.
> ...Clear as mud, right ;-)
> Not claiming to be a lawyer... just quoting one.
> -- grafik - Don't Assume Anything
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