(C) yyyy Joerg Schilling (was: Re: your mail) (fwd)

Alex Hudson home at alexhudson.com
Sat Jan 26 08:31:28 UTC 2002

On Fri, 2002-01-25 at 22:24, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > You see the (c)? That's *your* legal protection against people stealing
> > your code. The GPL only grants people extra rights, which they wouldn't
> > have if only the (c) was there.
> I don't think that in German law, you have to claim copyright in order
> to have it.  Quite the contrary---you can't get rid of it even if you
> want to.

Same here (UK) - copyright automatically belongs to the author (unless
this is changed under a contract - for example, if you're an employee of
a software company). However, in the UK you're allowed to buy and sell
copyright like any other commodity. 

I think MJR is right with regards the (C) thing - you're supposed to
write out the whole thing if you can't do a proper circle around it,
i.e. Copyright XXXX The Author


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