RE: Re: Re: Software Licensing Agreement

From: Lawrence Rosen <lrosen[_at_]rosenlaw.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 12:00:01 -0500


> Why mention "irrevocable" when it is not true? It is best to
> leave it out the license. Although it will shorten the
> length of license by only one word, it will spare many
> questions and misunderstandings for the next 35 years.

Because it generally IS true that it is irrevocable, as long as it is a work

made for hire. [17 USC 203(a): "In the case of any work other than a work
made for hire...."] Most software is not licensed by individual programmers
working alone.

/Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: CNI-COPYRIGHT -- Copyright & Intellectual Property
> [mailto:CNI-COPYRIGHT[_at_]cni.org] On Behalf Of Agenbroad, James
> (Civ,ARL/CISD)
> Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 12:55 PM
> To: CNI-COPYRIGHT -- Copyright & Intellectual Property
> Subject: [CNI-(C)] Re: [CNI-(C)] Re: Software Licensing Agreement
>
>
> Why mention "irrevocable" when it is not true? It is best to
> leave it out the license. Although it will shorten the
> length of license by only one word, it will spare many
> questions and misunderstandings for the next 35 years.
>
>
> Joseph Pietro Riolo
> <josephpietrojeungriolo[_at_]gmail.com>
> <riolo[_at_]voicenet.com>
>
> Perhaps the law will change. I wouldn't bet the farm on the
> proposition that big IP concerns wouldn't get the 35 year
> revocation clause changed.
> After all, they managed to get the copyright on existing
> works lengthened 20 years in exchange for... well nothing
> really. If they can't turn EVERYTHIG into a WMFH, getting
> rid of the revocation clause works just as well for them.
>
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