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Posted Aug 24, 2012 2:57 UTC (Fri) by imgx64 (guest, #78590)
This project constitutes a work of the United States Government and is not subject to domestic copyright protection under 17 USC § 105.
The project utilizes code licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License and therefore is licensed under GPL v2 or later.
Posted Aug 24, 2012 3:36 UTC (Fri) by mjg59 (subscriber, #23239)
Further, something doesn't need to be copyrightable under domestic law to be considered copyrightable under Berne. The US government claims the right to assert copyright over its works outside the US.
Posted Aug 24, 2012 3:36 UTC (Fri) by smoogen (subscriber, #97)
Most of the stuff I have seen was stuff done by contractors and then transferred to the US Government.
Posted Aug 24, 2012 14:22 UTC (Fri) by david.a.wheeler (subscriber, #72896)
Uncle Sam holds lots of copyrights. When US (federal) government employees create works as part of their official duties, their work is not subject to copyright in the US. But most software for Uncle Sam is written by contractors, who aren't subject to that law.
For details, see my paper: Publicly Releasing Open Source Software Developed for the U.S. Government, Journal of Software Technology, February 2011, Vol. 14, Number 1.
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