[ntp:questions] Copyright notice

David L. Mills mills at udel.edu
Wed Jun 25 14:39:06 UTC 2008


This issue was raised with the Univesity lawyers; I hear what they have 
to say. I do not hear what you have to say. The lawyers tell me to 
suggest you talk to them directly. Menawhile, please bug off.


Unruh wrote:

> "David L. Mills" <mills at udel.edu> writes:
>>Lots of folks have been chipping away at me over the years about the 
>>copyright notice in the NTP distribution. I have refused to change the 
>>wording on the basis this might disenfranchise current users. Well, I 
>>took the case to the lawyers in our Univerisity Intellectual Properties 
>>Office and they told me the current wording is perfect and not to change 
>>anything. They did suggest I change the copyright holder to the 
>>University of Delaware on the basis this might deflect complaints to me 
>>personally. I have done that and so it remains.
> Actually that may be problematic. NTP is NOT just yours. It belongs to all
> who contribute to it. Their works which are included are derivative works
> based on your work, and as a r esult fall under both your and their
> copyright. NOw you are perfectly within your rights to transfer copyright
> in your work to the U of Deleware ( or depending on your contract with them, all your
> work may be work for hire and have always belonged to them) but the work of
> others does NOT belong to either you or U Del. YOu could also all
> contributors totransfer copyright to you or U Del. but without such a
> transfer, it belongs to them. 
> Note no current change in the copyright notice can disenfranchise old
> users. The contract under which they aquired the software cannot be
> unilaterally changed by you (unless you demand that they sign a contract
> which explicitley gives you that right).)

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