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Re: Overview of copyright issues

From: Travis Briggs
Subject: Re: Overview of copyright issues
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 09:41:37 -0400

Similarly, the validity of "This work is released by me, the author,
into the public domain" in the US is under debate, because US law
allows authors to retain the right to redact licenses to their
copyright works. There is an argument that the moment you put
something in the PD, you lose the redaction right. There is also an
argument that the redaction right cannot be waived.

So really, it is impossible as Valentin points out. But in practice,
there is clear intent when you say "public domain" and I doubt any
judge would rule against someone who used such a work.


On Sun, Sep 20, 2009 at 4:36 AM, Matthias Kilian <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 11:28:11PM +0100, Anthony W. Youngman wrote:
>> >The snippets are taken from the LSR and a condition of submission to the
>> >LSR is that you consign your work to the public domain (and that you
>> >have the right to do so).  I know, because I submitted a couple of
>> >snippets to the LSR and they later made it into the Lilypond docs'
>> >selection of snippets.
>> What happens if you're German :-)
>> (I don't know, but there's been a fair bit of discussion, on and off, on
>> debian legal as to whether it is even *possible* for some people to
>> consign their work to the public domain - the *law* apparently says they
>> *can't*)
> "public domain" in germany (and maybe other european countries)
> doesn't exist in the sense that an author can't drop authorship and
> decline all responsibility for his work.
> Ciao,
>        Kili
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