[ntp:questions] Copyright Ownership
David L. Mills
mills at udel.edu
Sun Jun 15 18:27:08 UTC 2008
I have anticipated a battle over my carcass and hired expensive estaqte
and portfolio managers. They will take care of the issues you raise.
However, I find your comments in extremely poor taste.
David Woolley wrote:
> David L. Mills wrote:
> [ In relationship to the ntpd code ]
>> * *
>> * Copyright (c) David L. Mills 1992-2008 *
> If this is actually correct (i.e. it isn't a work for hire actually
> owned by the University of Delaware), it would be highly advisable to
> think about transferring ownership to a trust, or similar.
> If Wikipedia is correct, David Mills has reached his three score years
> and ten. When he dies, copyright ownership will be part of his estate,
> and unless his will donates that ownership to an appropriate trust,
> etc., or someone who shares his passion for NTP, you may be left with a
> situation where the licence terms are frozen for 70 years and cannot be
> modified to account for subsequent changes in case or statute law. (I
> don't know if Delaware has any form of inheritance tax, but if it does,
> it is conceivable that the intellectual property might be considered to
> have monetary value and be taxable. There is little precedent, as there
> are very few 70 year old authors of major pieces of open source software
> that still own the copyright.)
> Even more of a danger is that he might become legally "incapable" before
> he dies. Without some appropriate legal protection, that could leave
> things in limbo for many years.
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