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Re^2: Code posted on PerlMonks

by JavaFan (Canon)
on May 17, 2010 at 13:29 UTC ( #840352=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Code posted on PerlMonks
in thread Code posted on PerlMonks

Now, a post by Anonymous Monk carries no author identity, making this process impossible.
But that doesn't mean writings by the Anonymous Monk aren't protected by copyright.
If the post does not include an explicit statement, check the poster's home node to see if they have made a blanket statement on the subject (as I, among others, have done).
Ehm, if I'm concerned about the legality of using code posted here, would I really be satisfied by a remark under the moniker "herveus" about his code? If I get sued by the person writing under the name "herveus", does my claim that at one point in time the "home node" contained a disclaimer to use the code hold up in court? By the time of the court case, the page may have gone. Or perhaps the entire perlmonks site will be gone by then. Of course, the plaintiff himself may have a hard time proving it was him writing under the name of "herveus".

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Re^3: Code posted on PerlMonks
by herveus (Parson) on May 18, 2010 at 12:29 UTC

    Anonymous writings may be protected by copyright, but taking action to enforce that copyright would appear to require dropping the cloak of anonymity. I'm simply noting that if one were to try to exercise due diligence and secure permission from the copyright holder, you can't do that for posts by Anonymous Monk.

    If you are being diligent, you would capture the terms attached to the material in question at the same time, so that you could produce evidence that you did operate under the published terms of use in effect at the time. Making a good faith effort to record the relevant information for future reference ought to go far towards mitigating any future nastiness.


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