Re: Copyright & Public-Domain Software

Subject: Re: Copyright & Public-Domain Software
From: Vicki Rosenzweig <murphy!acmcr!vr -at- UUNET -dot- UU -dot- NET>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1993 09:13:33 EDT


I think you'd better check (possibly with the University of
Melbourne) that it really is public-domain software. What you
may have is something that is freely available, in the sense that
the copyright owner will allow anyone to make copies, but possibly
with restrictions on alterations or charging for it. (All the
gnu stuff from the Free Software Foundation falls under a similar
set of rules, for example). If it is public domain, that claim
of copyright would be deceptive.

Vicki Rosenzweig
vr%acmcr -dot- uucp -at- murphy -dot- com

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