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

Anton Shepelev anton.txt at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 10:25:24 UTC 2020

Pamela Chestek to Anton Shepelev:

> > 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)?
> 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.

Not quite. If you compare it with their summaries of the licenses
that do have the "retain copyright" tag under "must" you shall see
that it is explicitly stated in the summary, too, so it is not poor
tagging but misleading interpretation (if our positions on "this
instrument" be correct). I have written to them about it by e-mail,
but so far no reply.

Thanks for the confirmaion of my misgivings, Pamela.

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