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One-line licence statement

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Looking at the libxml-writer-perl package, I found:

Copyright (c) 1999 by Megginson Technologies.
Copyright (c) 2003 Ed Avis <ed@membled.com>
Copyright (c) 2004-2010 Joseph Walton <joe@kafsemo.org>

No warranty.  Commercial and non-commercial use freely permitted.

I first found this a bit light. I talked to upstream, and suggested to put
it in the public domain, but as he wants to keep track of the copyright
holders this was not possible.

As it is intended to be as close to public domain as legally possible, he
pointed me out to the following URL:

>From <http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Licensing_and_Law/public-domain.html>:

> All alleged advantages of a "public domain dedication" can be
> gained without uncertainty using a regular one-line licence statement,
> e.g., "Copyright (C) 2008 Owner Name. Do whatever you want with this work."

Quoting upstream:
"This is exactly the form, and intent, of the original XML::Writer licence:
you may "Do whatever you want with this work."

As I am not sure, which form of language would be the best to achieve this


Franck Joncourt

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