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Re: Fwd: Copyright license on some of your files on figlet



On Mon, 11 Oct 2004 16:54:30 -0300 Carlos Laviola wrote:

> Am I correct? Is his e-mail reply enough to liberate the non-free
> parts of figlet?

[...]
> > >  The files in question are crc.c, crc.h, inflate.c and inflate.h,
> > >  all in figlet, which is currently available for download at
> > >  www.figlet.org.
> >
> > I'm happy to release these into the public domain entirely.  Just
> > let me know what I need to do to accomplish this.

A think such a message from the author of the above mentioned files
should be enough to place them (crc.c, crc.h, inflate.c and inflate.h)
in the public domain. This makes these files free, at least in the
jurisdiction where they are placed in the public domain (provided that
this jurisdiction allows authors to place their works in the public
domain...).

On the other hand, I don't know what happens to a work created, say, in
the USA and placed in the PD by the author, when it is downloaded in,
say, Italy (where, AFAIK, authors are not allowed to place their works
in the public domain).
Is this work considered to be in the public domain in Italy, as well?
Or do we end up with a copyrighted work with no license (that implies
"all rights reserved")?
I would love to see an answer to this question by some knowledgeable
debian-legal guru...


Anyway, having crc.c, crc.h, inflate.c and inflate.h in the PD,
certainly doesn't solve the problems with other files in figlet
package...  :-(

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