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COBOL is an industry language and is not the property of any company or group of companies, or of any organization or group of organizations.

No warranty, expressed or implied, is made by any contributor or by the COBOL Committee as to the accuracy and functioning of the programming system and language. Moreover, no responsibility is assumed by any contributor, or by the committee, in connection there with.

Procedures have been established for the maintenance of COBOL. Inquiries concerning the procedures for proposing changes should be directed to the Executive Committee of the Conference on Data Systems Languages.

The authors and copyright holders of copyrighted material:

  • FLOW-MATIC (Trademark of Sperry Rand Corporation), Programming for the UNIVAC(R) I and II, Data Automation Systems copyrighted 1958, 1959, by Sperry Rand Corporation
  • IBM® Commercial Translator, Form No. F28-8013, copyrighted 1959 by IBM
  • FACT, DSI 27A5260-2760, copyrighted 1960 by Minneapolis-Honeywell

have specifically authorized the use of this material in whole or in part, in the COBOL specifications. Such authorization extends to the reproduction and use of COBOL specifications in programming manuals or similar publications.

Note: The Conference on Data Systems Languages (CODASYL), mentioned above, is no longer in existence.