many flavors of non-copyleft

John Cowan jcowan at
Wed Feb 16 18:59:25 UTC 2000

Scott Johnston wrote:

> It makes a distinction between copyright
> notice and permission notice, and says only the copyright (the Copyright (c)
> 199x statement) needs to be retained in the source code.  A copy of the
> original permission notice must exist in the documentation, but it does not
> say it has to remain in force on the source code.

"Must exist in the documentation" != "must remain in force on the source code."
A requirement to reprint the license is quite different from the license
itself, which always remains in force unless the copyright holder
revokes it.

The requirement about copyright notice refers to now-obsolete U.S.
copyright laws that insisted that each separate document have its own
copyright notice.


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