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Re: Copyright source code

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: Copyright source code
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 19:24:53 -0500
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spasmous2 writes:
> I downloaded some code that has a copyright notice in it. It's unclear to
> me what this means though.

It means that someone claims to own the copyright in it.  What does the
notice say?

> Can I use the code to make money or distribute the code to someone else?

Maybe.  What does the author say?

> Do I need to pay a royalty to the author?

Maybe.  What does the author say?

> The code is a C translation of a Public Domain Fortran code.

There may or may not be enough creative expression in that to qualify for
copyright protection.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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