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Re: OSD && DFSG convergence

On Sun, Jan 26, 2003 at 10:57:01PM +0200, Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho wrote:
> On 20030126T125505-0500, Russell Nelson wrote:
> > One is that software must comply with the DFSG to be a
> > part of Debian, and yet the DFSG does not admit the possibility of
> > public-domain unlicensed software. 
> As far as I know, public-domain software does not exist.

Nonsense.  In the U.S., at least, copyright holders always have the
option of placing their copyrightable works into the public domain
through an explicit declaration.

Also, there is -- again in the U.S. -- such a thing as an
uncopyrightable work, and such things can be in the public domain[1].
The Debian distribution contains things that aren't "software", like
word lists, and some of things are neither software nor subject to
copyright law (in the U.S.).

[1] google for the word "Feist", or search the archives of this list for
that word

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