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From: Rafael 'Dido' Sevilla <dido@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] A plea for clear licenses
On Tue, Sep 23, 2003 at 08:28:41AM +0200, Florian Hars wrote:
> skaller wrote:
> >On Sat, 2003-09-20 at 00:48, Florian Hars wrote:
> >>Using anything else will just add to the confusion
> >What's wrong with plain old 'public domain'?
> 
> In many parts of the world, including most of europe where many ocaml 
> users live, about the only way for an author to release something he has 
> written into the public domain is to have died seventy years ago. This 
> may cause a significant slowdown of the development of a library.
> 

Really?  An author may not *voluntarily* release his or her own work into
the public domain?  I don't see how that may be so.  It is certainly not
true under US copyright law, nor is it the doctrine of the Berne
Convention.  I was under the impression that possession of the copyright
to a particular work implies you also have the full and unlimited power
to license your work as you see fit.

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