Public domain software is not open-source?

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Mar 6 05:52:42 UTC 2008

Philippe Verdy scripsit:

> I did not say that he MUST put a copyright notice, but that it MUST do that
> IF he wants to LICENCE it. Otherwise the licence is just FUD!
> And YES! he is a liar if he gives a licence without a copyright statement,
> i.e. an explicit claim of ownership of the rights covered by the licence.

That turns out not to be the case.

In all signatories to the Berne convention, every work fixed in a tangible
medium, including a grocery list, is copyright.  No signatory may require
particular formalities such as a copyright notice.

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