Re: public domain
On Sunday 27 March 2005 11:21 am, David Mandelberg wrote:
> think is relevant to copyright law and I definitely don't want in the docs:
> > Dedicator makes this dedication for the benefit of the public at large
> > and to the detriment of the Dedicator's heirs and successors.
> (the detriment part specifically as this seems to me as if it would make it
> possible for anybody except my heirs to use the docs)
Its not so much that copyright is pro-corporate as has been said (although it
is), its that copyright won't assume anything about your behavior. Let's say
that you take your copyright and shout out to the world, "you can all use
this however you want." Is that truly public domain? Could be you have just
granted a very open license and retain the copyright... and that the license
is revocable. Copyright assumes you retain any right you don't explicitly
grant... so you have to explicitly relinquish everything. The bit about the
detriment to your heirs and successors is to ensure that their rights to the
copyright, which kick in when you are dead, do not survive your granting of
the public domain license.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure you can truly put anything into the public
domain until the term of copyright has expired. To that extent I doubt
Brendan's "I claim no copyright" language is going to work in the United
States. I can tell you it is almost impossible to dedicate a patent to the
public domain... but I'm uncertain as to the particularities of copyrights.
All that being said, Creative Commons are smart people and write good stuff.
I think you can trust them. To be certain you have no legal responsibility
to ensure it benefits the public. There is no enforceable right or party to
enforce the right. So no worries there :)
2nd Year - University of Washington School of Law
GPSS Senator - Student Bar Association
Editor-at-Large - National ACS Blog [http://www.acsblog.org]
So, let go
...Oh well, what you waiting for?
...it's all right
...'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown
- public domain
- From: David Mandelberg <email@example.com>