Re: copyleft symbol

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat May 27 2000 - 21:34:08 EDT

Bernd Warken <> wrote:

>> Proponents of the reversed copyright sign need to demonstrate, like
>> everyone else, that the proposed character is in actual use.
> There is lots of stuff using the copyleft symbol. Have a look at
> (note the postfix .net).
> Among other things, they offer T-shirts and hats with the copyleft
> symboli for sale. Moreover, the frames of their web-pages show the
> reversed C.

As Michael Everson and others have stated, it isn't really enough to
show the symbol as decoration on a T-shirt or as wallpaper on a Web
page. That doesn't provide it's anything more than a logo or glyph.
The symbol needs to be used in the context of *plain text*, to convey
the same kind of information that the copyright sign does.

If you can find actual software documentation that says, for example,
"Copyleft * 2000 by Bernd Warken" (where * substitutes for the copyleft
symbol), then that would be more convincing evidence of the need to
encode the character.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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