Get ready....

Gabe Wachob gwachob at
Wed Apr 14 20:37:03 UTC 1999

Tim Pierce wrote:

> It would be interesting to find out whether the text of a license can
> itself be protected as intellectual property, or whether the license
> is by its nature public domain or otherwise free.

At least in the US, licenses aren't treated specially -- if they satisfy all of
the copyright preqrequisites (see The Copyright FAQ:

In fact, many sorts of legal documents are created from "Form Books" which are
basically forms where you fill-in-the-blanks to get a conforming legal document.
Those forms, I am almost sure, are copyrighted themselves. (Check out to see some examples -- many of these
are government filing forms -- those are rarely copyrighted, but the forms
produced by private entities are usually copyrighted)


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