For Approval: NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1

jcowan at jcowan at
Fri Feb 13 20:27:52 UTC 2004

Arnoud Engelfriet scripsit:

> Article 5(3) of the BC says: "The enjoyment and the exercise of 
> these rights ... shall be independent of the existence of protection 
> in the country of origin of the work."
> Article 7(1) puts the duration of protection at life+50, but
> article 5(1) states that an author enjoys longer protection in
> countries that have a longer term.

Thanks; that looks definitive.  So a U.S. government work is born into the
public domain in the U.S., but is in copyright for 50 years after its
publication date in Australia.  Amazing.

So Americans can ignore the civil-servant version of the NOSA license with
impunity, but not so Australians.

John Cowan        <jcowan at>
        You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
        You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
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