Re: DFSG FAQ (draft)
Scripsit Jeremy Hankins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> In the answer to question 9 it might be worth noting the question of
> whether or not things can actually be released into the public
> domain. My understanding is that debian-legal generally quietly
> re-interprets such claims as an extremely permissive license.
I think it depends on who on debian-legal you ask. I understand that
there are jurisdictions that do recognize explicit donations of
intellectual property to the public domain. In those, a statement
that "FOO is (in the) public domain" would be taken at face value,
and DFSG-freedom follows immediately.
There are other jurisdictions that do not have any systematic concept
of "public domain" - a count in one of those, would probably
reinterpret the statement as an extremely permissive license, with
much the same effect.
I have previously made a point of distinguising between these two
cases, but I'm not sure anymore that the distinction is relevant for
Henning Makholm "Also, the letters are printed. That makes the task
of identifying the handwriting much more difficult."