[wp-hackers] Update your copyright notices today!

Bob wp-hackers at nj-arp.org
Tue Jan 1 21:23:23 GMT 2008

Note that in the US, anything that is published is automatically copyrighted 
even WITHOUT a copyright notice or date.  If it is in the public domain, you 
have to explicitly say it's in the public domain.  Otherwise, it's 
copyrighted, notice or no notice.

I put the notice on my pages just to help keep stupid people from copying my 
entire site (yes, it has happened), not because of any real desire to 
enforce copyright protection.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Williams" <chris at clwill.com>
To: <wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 11:42 AM
Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Update your copyright notices today!

Gee, Rusty, I would suggest you read the document I referenced.  It
specifically discusses what constitutes publication.  Note that "server" and
"browser" are not mentioned. :)

This is not settled law, and as I noted, printing a date is optional.
However, deposit is, and I doubt anyone here is meeting that requirement.
So most of this makes this whole discussion moot, or at least fodder for
$1000/hour legal teams, not you and I.

> From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo at metalab.unc.edu>
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Update your copyright notices today!
> I'm sorry, but that's not even close to the law. Copyright does not
> reset each time a CD is burned or a book printed. Nor does it reset each
> time a web page is sent from a server to a browser.

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