Don't put your software in the public domain

Marko Rauhamaa marko at
Thu Jun 2 08:26:19 EDT 2016

Chris Angelico <rosuav at>:

> 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?

Why did I put my book translation into the public domain (<URL:>)?

Because that's what I felt like doing. If the author has one right to
their work, it is relinquishing all rights to that work. All works will
eventually fall into the public domain anyway; all we are talking about
is the possibility of expediting the inevitable.


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