Re: [dev] UTF-8 copyright symbol

From: A.J. Gardner <>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:00:34 -0500

On Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM, markus schnalke <> wrote:
> Dwm, surf, and probably more suckless projects contain the copyright
> symbol as UTF-8 character. In most cases, if not always, it is the only
> non-ASCII character in those files.
> I suggest to replace it with ``Copyright'' or ``Copyright (c)''.
> (``(c)'' alone is not enough from the lawyer POV, AFAIK.)
> Although most modern software can deal with UTF-8 chars, why use them
> when not necessary? In this case, we'll not lose anything but may avoid
> problems.
> What speaks against?
> meillo

Then again, why bother appealing to copy "rights" and similar hooey in
the first place? I always consider it to be enough simply to appeal to
good sense, good manners, and social pressure to ensure credit is
given where credit is due. Something like "Notice: So-and-so created
this work. Do what you like with it, but don't claim you came up with
it 'cause that's lying. And nobody likes a liar. Thanks."

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

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