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Re: Bug#524998: ITP: libmqdb-perl -- MappedQueryDB toolkit for federated databases

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> I thought so, since anyway in many countries one can not abandon his
> rights and put his work under the public domain.

The text that was recommended by the IETF lawyers was:

     In addition, the authors (on behalf of themselves and their
     employers) hereby relinquish any claim to any copyright that they
     may have in this work, whether granted under contract or by
     operation of law or international treaty, and hereby commit to the
     public, at large, that they shall not, at any time in the future,
     seek to enforce any copyright in this work against any person or
     entity, or prevent any person or entity from copying, publishing,
     distributing or creating derivative works of this work.

The legal theory, as I understand it, is that even in countries where
one cannot relinquish copyright interest, the above constitutes estoppel
against suing over your copyright, which accomplishes essentially the
same thing.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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