Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: Chad Perrin <>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:23:09 -0600
Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:23:09 -0600
On Wed, Sep 07, 2011 at 05:26:33PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Chad Perrin (
> >
> > If something's public domain, and your country does not recognize it
> > as such, I think your best bet is probably to get in touch with the
> > copyright holder and ask for relicensing so you can use the work.
>   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> This 'copyright holder', this would be the fellow who owns the now
> supposedly nonexistent copyright title, right?  ;->

No, not really.  The whole problem we're discussing is where something is
considered to be "protected" by copyright in jurisdictions that do not
recognize the public domain declaration -- therefore, for those
jurisdictions, there is still a copyright holder.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]

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