An Early Open Source License

by Lee Gesmer on December 29, 2009

One of the first open source copyright licenses:

This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.

Said to be Woody Guthrie’s copyright notice.

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