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Re: License DSFG-free?

On Mon, Dec 02, 2002 at 09:25:43AM +0100, Christian Kurz wrote:
> |You can do whatever you like with this package.  The code is placed
> |at the public domain.

"Placing in the public domain" is not a valid concept in all
jurisdictions.  It's not always possible to abandon copyright.
It's probably better to say explicitly what freedoms you intend to grant.

I currently use this license, myself:

-- Copyright 2002 Richard Braakman
-- You may freely use, modify, and distribute this software, as well as
-- modified versions and derived works of this software, but at your own
-- risk.  NO WARRANTY is given; not even the implied warranty of
-- merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Note that the warranty disclaimer is "nice try, but no banana" in some
places, but for most of them this is better than nothing.  Adding a
"to the extend permitted by applicable law" phrase might make it a bit
stronger in jurisdictions where disclaiming slightly too much warranty
would make the whole disclaimer invalid.

(Note: most of what I said here is based on discussions on IRC.  This
helps to get viewpoints from many different countries, but it might
be somewhat, um, inaccurate in a legal sense :-)  I have enough confidence
in the result to actually use this licesne, though.)

Richard Braakman

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