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Heavy Weather Exometeorology Style

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  • by idontgno (624372) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @02:47PM (#43602915) Journal

    I think that's just BBC mis-interpreting "Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI" as a copyright claim, in clear ignorance of 17 U.S.C. Section 105 (Copyright Act) []:

    Generally, United States government works (works prepared by officers and employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties) are not protected by copyright in the U.S. (17 U.S.C. [Section] 105) and may be used without obtaining permission from NASA.

    (*Yeah, Slashdot doesn't accept the ampersand entity code or the unicode character for the "section" mark. The 20th Century called. They wish to thank Slashdot for their continued support of last millennium's encoding standards.)

    Anyway, I have this funny feeling BBC assumes copyright everywhere. (Suddenly, copyrights! Thousands of them!) I suspect they'd give themselves a hyperventilating panic attack if someone submitted some Public Domain material for them to display... "OMG, whose copyright is this!??!"

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