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From "Sean Owen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CRUNCH-616) Test file maugham.txt still copyrighted outside the US?
Date Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:41:20 GMT


Sean Owen commented on CRUNCH-616:

Do you use pull requests or patches? I thought it would be patches, but, this one is also
huge. So I opened a PR at

As you can see the text change is straightforward but causes lots of test values to change.
The tests all pass locally for me with "-Pscrunch"

> Test file maugham.txt still copyrighted outside the US?
> -------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CRUNCH-616
>                 URL:
>             Project: Crunch
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Core
>    Affects Versions: 0.14.0
>            Reporter: Sean Owen
>            Assignee: Josh Wills
>            Priority: Minor
> A review of some licensing issues internally flagged one potential problem in Crunch:
the maugham.txt file used for testing. This is "Of Human Bondage" published in 1915. Although
it's evidently public domain in the US and distributed by Project Gutenberg, it's not clear
it's out of copyright in the UK, where I presume it was (also) published. The UK copyright
term is life plus 70 years and Somerset Maugham died in 1965.
> Does anyone happen to know anything more definitive about the status of this work? I
kind of guess [~jwills] added it. If it's uncertain, would anyone object to me removing it,
possibly replacing it with something obviously out of copyright everywhere?

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