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Re: CSRG archives

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: CSRG archives
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:11:17 -0000

Alan Mackenzie wrote:
> In gnu.misc.discuss RJack <> wrote:
> > If creators can prove they have authored some original code and
> > properly register their that original code with the Copyright Office
> > ....
> This is the bit I don't get yet.  What's the purpose of having to
> register copyright, other than keeping an army of clerks in work?  In
> many countries, possibly most, works are copyright by default and
> registration of them is unnecessary.
> > .... and can prove they released their own code under a legally
> > enforceable copyright license and can demonstrate substantial
> > similarity in copying protectable code without permission, it is their
> > right to sue for copyright infringement of their own code. That sounds
> > like great copyright law to me.
> What's so great about the registration bit?

"The purpose of copyright registration is to place on record a
verifiable account of the date and content of the work in question, so
that in the event of a legal claim, or case of infringement or
plagiarism, the copyright owner can produce a copy of the work from an
official government source.


United States of America United States Copyright Office Not required to
obtain copyright protection, but required for domestic copyright owners
to bring a suit for copyright infringement in federal court.
Registration establishes prima facie evidence of facts contained in
registration certificate if made within five years of first publication.
Copyright owners are precluded from collecting statutory damages and/or
attorney's fees for any infringement occurring before registration.[28]
Foreign copyright owners are not required to register before suing for
copyright infringement, but at least one court has held that they are
subject to the same preclusion of statutory damages as domestic
authors.[29] "


P.S. "Every computer program in the world, BusyBox included, exceeds the
originality standards required by copyright law."

Hyman Rosen <> The Silliest GPL 'Advocate'

P.P.S. "Of course correlation implies causation! Without this 
fundamental principle, no science would ever make any progress."

Hyman Rosen <> The Silliest GPL 'Advocate'

(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can 
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards 
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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