Don't put your software in the public domain

Chris Angelico rosuav at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 08:04:02 EDT 2016


On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Steven D'Aprano <steve at pearwood.info> wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Jun 2016 04:41 pm, Gregory Ewing wrote:
>
>> Steven D'Aprano wrote:
>>
>>> http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Licensing_and_Law/public-domain.html
>>
>>  From that:
>>> It might be ruled to create a global licence for unrestricted use. That
>>  > licence might or might not then be adjudicated to be revocable by
>>  > subsequent copyright owners (heirs, divorcing spouses, creditors).
>>
>> If that's possible, then could said heirs, divorcing spouses
>> and creditors also revoke supposedly permanent rights granted
>> under an explicit licence? Or is putting the word "irrevocable"
>> in the licence enough to prevent that?
>
> Ask a real lawyer :-)
>
> This is why we should use licences that have been written and vetted by
> actual lawyers. They're the experts.

I honestly don't see why people want to put their code into the public
domain, when the MIT license is pretty close to that anyway. What's
the point?

ChrisA


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