[wilhelmtux-discussion] Open Source Licensing..

Claude Almansi claude.almansi at bluewin.ch
Don Feb 13 19:53:09 CET 2003

The question came up at the Copyright o Copyleft seminar in Bellinzona
last year (1) as a very intricate one - and Professor Cottier, who
teaches at the Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé in Lausanne and at the
Università della Svizzera Italiana, confirmed it in an e-mail.

The funny thing with the Swiss law on author's right is that it says
(http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/231_1/a17.html or
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/231_1/a17.html ) that if someone creates a
software while working for an employer, the intellectual property is the
employer's - contrary to the principle of "droit imprescriptible" that
applies to other creations. 

For the whole law on authors' rights, see
http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/231_1/index.html or
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/231_1/index.html - but then it doesn't deal

For the law on industrial property, the Lisbon convention applies to CH
too: http://www.admin.ch/ch/f/rs/0_232_03/index.html  or
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/0_232_03/index.html (damned unreadable with
no subtitles for each article, sorry)


(1) http://www.comunic-azione.ch/weblaw/diavolo/copyright.htm sorry for
self-quoting: not a single  bloody local journalist attended the
seminar, 'cause they thought it was too technical - otherwise I'd quote
THEM - however, the speakers checked my text before it went online so it
shouldn't have too many mistakes.

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On Thu, 2003-02-13 at 16:44, Robert Ribnitz wrote:
> http://www.ilaw.com.au/public/licencearticle.html

it is indeed an interesting read, especially the fact that 'to license'
means 'to allow someone do something', but only as long as you (the
licensing party) please - licenses are not contracts (IANAL :).

does anybody here know how the legal situation in switzerland is exactly
concerning this matter?