For Approval: TVA Open Source License

Bruce Perens bruce at
Fri Sep 11 19:02:27 UTC 2009

Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> This is incorrect.  The USG can assert and hold copyright to software outside the US under 17 USC § 105 and a contractor can also transfer software copyrights to the TVA should it be required under contract.  That doesn't mean that the copyright automatically evaporates under 17 USC § 105.  I've been told that agencies have asserted international rights in the past.
This is interesting and contradicts what I just wrote, regarding 
non-US-resident acceptors of the license.

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