[Bug localedata/11213] localedata licencing issues

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[Bug localedata/11213] localedata licencing issues

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http://sourceware.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=11213

--- Comment #15 from Jonathan Nieder <jrnieder at gmail dot com> 2012-07-16 01:13:54 UTC ---
Hi Keld,

Keld Simonsen wrote[1]:

> Hmm, I contributed a number of locales. I always assumed that there was a
> copyright to each of them.
> I do hold a masters in legislate law.
[lots of helpful background snipped, including the intent of the
original notice]

Thanks much for this.  I'm cc-ing the SFLC since I'm not sure they
automatically receive mails to that bug tracker.

My guess is that the FSF's concerns that prompted the "this type of
thing isn't copyrightable" answer were USA-centric.  If I remember
correctly, in some jurisdictions outside the United States, the
eligibility of a work for copyright is based on the amount of work put
into it (as you remind me), while in the United States it's based on a
concept of creativity.

(For the curious: I personally would be happiest if the FSF would
continue not to care about these works' copyright while everyone else
would consider them as possibly copyrighted.  That way there is no
need for copyright assignment --- less paperwork! --- but there would
be no excuse not to follow the usual free software practice of
documenting the explicit permission grants the authors provide.)

Jonathan

[1] http://sourceware.org/PR11213#c14

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