Subject: RE: Can abandonment be irrevocable?
From: "Lawrence E. Rosen" <lrosen@rosenlaw.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 12:58:17 -0700

> 1) can Alice can regain ownership of the right?
> 
> What about 1)? How could Alice go about it??

Regain ownership?  What do you mean by that?  Have her name inscribed on
a rock somewhere?  Or regain her authority and dominion over a work that
she previously abandoned so that she can prevent people from doing what
she previously permitted them to do?

I agree with a previous email, this is probably a question of equitable
estoppel.  

I don't know why it would any different if one granted an "irrevocable"
open source license, and then revoked it.  Probably a new licensee with
notice of the revocation can't obtain a license.

Does this have practical implications for any real-world scenario, or
are we just speculating here?

/Larry Rosen

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