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Re: [vox-tech] Copyright and license
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Re: [vox-tech] Copyright and license

Rick Moen wrote:

Quoting Peter Jay Salzman (p@dirac.org):

Suppose someone writes a useful document. They put a copyright notice onto
the document, but no license. They put it on the web, for free, and it
stays there for years.

This implies the right to download, read, and do the normal sorts of
things one does with a document -- but not to redistribute or
create/distribute derivative works.

Note: That copyright notice has been a NOOP since adoption of the Berne
Convention on Copyrights, which among other things makes copyright title
vest automatically in the creator of any covered creative work, at the
moment it's put in "fixed form". (Arguably, a copyright notice tends to remove people's assertion of ignorance, and is a good idea on general
grounds, but it no longer has legal effect, otherwise. Prior to Berne,
it was possible to lose copyright title by distributing instances
without notices. No longer.)

I recall reading once, a very long time ago, that the inclusion of the phrase, "All Rights Reserved" would in certain countries (not US) provide the author with additional rights that would otherwise be forfeited. Do you know more about this?

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