Public domain software for ever?

ODONNELL at arcc.afrc.ac.uk ODONNELL at arcc.afrc.ac.uk
Mon Jan 22 08:27:48 EST 1990


AWKWARD QUESTIONS DEPARTMENT:

Could anyone please clarify these points on public domain software?

RE the recent announcement on BIO-SOFT that Intelligenetics now has
worldwide distribution and licencing rights for CLUSTAL. They state that
the program is 'no longer public domain', and request users to remove it
from their systems.

It appears to have BEEN public domain prior to 23 November 1989 - so how
can it now be withdrawn?

What about copies pre-dating 23rd November, including PC versions?

What is the likely position if other authors decide to do likewise?

I do not intend any offence to the author of this software, and would like
to respect his wishes. But there could be a precedent here.

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