Subject: Re: Why?
From: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 00:50:55 -0500

Alex Rousskov scripsit:

> So far, it looks like to safely place something in public domain, one
> should not claim a priori ownership/authorship but simply anonymously
> release the thing into the wild. SourceForge, CreativeCommons, or
> somebody should offer such a service.

Anonymous code is too dangerous: the true author, or his heirs, might
come back to bite you some day.  People who are reusing code need
to know the author and to know what the license is.

You can always use a null license like this one:

	Everyone has the unconditional and irrevocable right to
	copy, distribute, make derivative works, publicly perform,
	publicly display, and use the following code free of any
	patent claims by the author.

This license really doesn't protect the author enough, but it certainly
gives the recipient pretty much all the rights he has over public
domain works.  IANAL, TINLA.

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