[License-discuss] Fair license: does it require retention of copyright

Pamela Chestek pamela at chesteklegal.com
Tue Apr 21 12:36:09 UTC 2020

I don't read TL;DR as suggesting that you don't have to include the
copyright notice. As you say, the copyright information is part of "this
instrument," and the summary says that the license must be included. I
wouldn't infer that the absence of the copyright notice tag under "must"
in TL;DR as suggesting otherwise, just poor tagging.


Pamela S. Chestek
Chestek Legal
PO Box 2492
Raleigh, NC 27602
pamela at chesteklegal.com

On 4/20/2020 6:44 PM, Anton Shepelev wrote:
> Hello, all
> The Fair license is one of the shortest out there. It reads:
>> <Copyright Information>
>> Usage of the works is permitted provided that this instrument is
>> retained with the works, so that any entity that uses the works is
>> notified of this instrument.
> Surprised though I was, but according to TLDR:Legal, this license
> does not require that the original copyright be retained:
>     https://tldrlegal.com/license/fair-license#summary
> Is not "copyright information" part of "this instrument"? If not,
> then what short licenses allow use and modification but retain the
> copyright of the author(s)?

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