Re: Making legal issues as short as possible
> >Would a software with the following statement and without any further
> >copyright or licensing notice be free?
> >"Copyright 2005 by XYZ. No rights reserved."
> >Any issues with that?
> Copyright law requires *explicit* permission in order to do a whole bunch of
> things. This appears insufficiently explicit. :-(
So it fails a formal requirement, that's an answer I can understand.
> "Copyright 2005 by XYZ. The copyright holder hereby grants permission to
> everyone, forever, to do anything with this work which would otherwise be
> restricted by his exclusive legal rights."
This is sufficiently short, shorter than most things which are copyrightable
at all. Thanks for the suggestion!