NASA requests help finding gov't use of standard OSS licenses.

John Cowan cowan at
Mon May 2 21:54:20 UTC 2011

VanL scripsit:

> With reference to source code written by government contractors,  
> traditional copyright (and thus traditional licenses) apply. For purely  
> government-written code, however, copyright doesn't apply; it is public  
> domain by statute.

Rather, copyright does not apply *in the U.S.*.  Foreign copyright may and does.

John Cowan  cowan at
And now here I was, in a country where a right to say how the country should
be governed was restricted to six persons in each thousand of its population.
For the nine hundred and ninety-four to express dissatisfaction with the
regnant system and propose to change it, would have made the whole six
shudder as one man, it would have been so disloyal, so dishonorable, such
putrid black treason.  --Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee

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