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 From:  Mitch Davis <capnkernel at gmail dot com>
 To:  Dinesh Nair <dinesh at alphaque dot com>
 Cc:  Jonathan De Graeve <Jonathan dot De dot Graeve at imelda dot be>, m0n0wall dash dev at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall-dev] Copyrights ;)
 Date:  Thu, 9 Feb 2006 10:02:16 +1100
On 2/8/06, Dinesh Nair <dinesh at alphaque dot com> wrote:
> On 02/08/06 17:39 Jonathan De Graeve said the following:
> > What about 'Copyright (C) M0n0wall development team' ?

Most countries are signatories to the Berne Convention, which says
copyright is implicit in the act of authoring.  Having a notice
(and/or registering the material) can help to prove the originality of
the material if it's contested.

Since copyright eventually expires (except in the USA, joke), the year
provides the datum for the start of the protected period.

So I would suggest retaining the notice, including the year.

> that's not really legal since "M0n0wall development team" is not a legal
> entity recognizable by law. individuals, companies or registered
> organizations are.

Separate from copyright, it begs the question of who owns the rights
to the code.  Manuel?  His company?  When someone submits a change, do
they retain the rights to the change or are rights assigned to Manuel?

Two examples: i) The FSF insists that contributers to GNU projects
assign their rights to the FSF.  That way, there can be no
misunderstandings about the legal ownership.  ii) Contributors to the
Linux kernel retain rights to their contribution.


Anyway, back to m0n0! :-)