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Re: Licensing Question: Public Domain?

Mark Johnson <mark@phy.duke.edu> wrote:
>I'm planning to package Norm Walsh's (aka Mr. DocBook) java catalog
>classes he wrote while working at Arbortext. The license simply says
>it's public domain (see below).
>Don't we need something that explicitly says we can redistribute this

"Public domain" means that the software is not copyrighted in the sense
that nobody has any special rights over it (as distinct from a
copyrighted work with no copyright notice, which means nothing is
permitted), and you may use it freely.

It's fine for Debian.

Colin Watson                                     [cjw44@flatline.org.uk]

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