[tz] NIST leap-second file not yet updated

Paul_Koning at dell.com Paul_Koning at dell.com
Mon Feb 15 19:00:47 UTC 2016

> On Feb 15, 2016, at 1:29 PM, Arthur David Olson <arthurdavidolson at gmail.com> wrote:
> Paul Eggert in...
>     http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/tzdist/current/msg01135.html
> ... from 2014-12-17 notes that "...the IERS file is copyrighted. That is why the tz database reproduces the NIST file (the NIST file is public domain). Other distributors of the IERS file might want to keep this in mind."
> Unless the copyright situation has changed since then...

I don't understand that.  NIST can't change some other organization's copyright by redistributing the data.  Then again, I don't see how copyright can be valid on a list of leap seconds -- facts are not covered by copyright.

I don't see any mention of copyright on the IERS website.  It would of course be desirable for it to give an explicit statement saying copyright does not apply (at least not to its bulletins).


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