Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: Karl Fogel <>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2011 18:15:13 -0400
Wed, 07 Sep 2011 18:15:13 -0400
Chad Perrin <> writes:
>> That's slightly different.  They require that because whatever original
>> code remains is still under that original license.  But the presence of
>> that original header doesn't mean that your new code is automatically
>> under the same license.  You may choose to "reuse" the header, because
>> you like that license.  But you might include another copyright notice
>> that describes the different copyright on your changes.
>Are you somehow claiming that removing the license from the file is
>legally kosher, then?  Considering it would directly contradict the text
>of the license, I find that a bit difficult to believe.  About the only
>way I can think of to make your scenario work is to distribute your
>changes as a diff.

No, not at all.  A file can contain *multiple* copyright notices, each
applying to different sections.  There's nothing magical about a single
header at the top of a file.

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