[Health] [Grassroots-l] Health Jam 2008
bryan.berry at gmail.com
Wed Apr 30 00:38:32 EDT 2008
good to know, I had read the opposite in an interview of the founder of
SQLite, which is also under public domain. He said that releasing SQLite
under public domain caused a whole host of problems.
On Wed, 2008-04-30 at 00:27 -0400, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
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> Bryan Berry wrote:
> | Public domain license is a notoriously fuzzy legal realm that isn't
> | recognized by the Open Source Institute as an open source license.
> Perhaps you are already aware, but to be clear, in US law:
> Public Domain means "you can do absolutely whatever you want."
> To be specific:
> 1. The US government has explicitly stated, in legally binding fashion,
> that they waive all rights to enforce any copyright on this material.
> 2. This material was placed into the public domain by its authors, so no
> one else has any standing in any jurisdiction to enforce any copyright
> claim against this material.
> You can do absolutely whatever you want with this material, and so can
> anyone else. It's in the public domain.
> Public Domain is not a copyright license; it is instead the absence of any
> copyright at all. Neither the OSI nor the FSF has any problem with you
> placing your source into the public domain. The reason that people don't
> do this is because they want the CC-BY/MIT/BSD license's attribution
> protection, or the GPL/CC-BY-SA license's copyleft provision.
> - --Ben
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