Subject: Re: Open Source and Government agencies
From: Lynn Winebarger <>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 15:09:38 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 27 Feb 2000, Frank Hecker wrote:

> I agree with Rich Morin on this point: if the software is developed by a
> U.S. government employee or employees then it is and must be in the
> public domain, and hence anyone (other the U.S. government itself) can
> copyright the software and (re)release it under a license of their
> choice. And to expand on what Crispin Cowan wrote, I think this ability
> of others to copyright and license offers some possibilities.
   Correction: no one can copyright PD software.  You can copyright
derived works, but the strength of that copyright will depend on how much
original work you've done, and still wouldn't apply to any portions that
are still verbatim from the original PD work.