Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jan 2012 14:10 UTC
General Unix "One of the fun examples among all the copyright fuss is the extreme example of copyright claims made by AT&T some time in the 1980s. It's the /bin/true program. This is a dummy' library program whose main function is to make it easy to write infinite loops (while true do ...) in shells scripts. The 'true' program does nothing; it merely exits with a zero exit status. This can be done with an empty file that's marked executable, and that's what it was in the earliest unix system libraries. Such an empty file will be interpreted as a shell script that does nothing, and since it does this successfully, the shell exits with a zero exit status. But AT&T's lawyers decided that this was worthy of copyright protection." Three blank lines. Copyrighted. You can't make this stuff up.
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RE: from 'man true'
by aargh on Mon 30th Jan 2012 14:47 UTC in reply to "from 'man true'"
aargh
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2009-10-12

I'm confused now, who holds the copyright for truth? AT&T or FSF?

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RE[2]: from 'man true'
by kokara4a on Mon 30th Jan 2012 14:57 in reply to "RE: from 'man true'"
kokara4a Member since:
2005-09-16

I'm sure false is copyrighted too.

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RE[3]: from 'man true'
by phoudoin on Mon 30th Jan 2012 15:51 in reply to "RE[2]: from 'man true'"
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

Even the cp copy command is copyrighted :-p

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RE[2]: from 'man true'
by phoudoin on Mon 30th Jan 2012 15:53 in reply to "RE: from 'man true'"
phoudoin Member since:
2006-06-09

I was told that Justice hold truth copyright, but I could be getting too old...

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