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Re: What license to use for Emacs libraries?

From: Phillip Lord
Subject: Re: What license to use for Emacs libraries?
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 23:15:34 +0100
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Stefan Monnier <address@hidden> writes:

>> There are other options, I believe, including release under public
>> domain which I you could do, although others can argue that this is a
>> bad thing to do.
> Few people find it bad to "release in the public domain".  Instead the
> problem is that you can't do it.  Your work will/should fall into the
> public domain at some point in the future (currently defined as
> something like 75 years after your death, tho there are strong
> commercial interests behind pushing this even further into the future),
> but nobody (other than time itself) can do that.
> Instead, you can release under a license that mimics the effects of
> something being in the public domain (e.g. the CC0 license).

Indeed, it is clearer to use a CC0 license, since that is explicit.
Whether you can do it or not is a slightly different issue, of course. I
think that you are correct wrt to the US, outside of the US government.

In the UK, I believe that the term "public domain" has much meaning wrt
copyright as "fair use" or indeed the term "Jeremy Clarkson": i.e. none
at all.

Neither Canada nor Poland would I wish to hazard a guess about!


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