LICENSE: base-files and use of CC0 - public domain

Warren Young
Fri Oct 26 18:27:00 GMT 2012

On 10/25/2012 11:49 AM, Jari Aalto wrote:
> Neither OSI, nor FSF recommend use of "public domain" for Open Source
> software.

I think you should total up the list of recommendations the FSF has made 
over the years, and decide if you really want to be constrained use only 
things that make FSF happy.

> FSF recommends use of existing licences (GNU licences, Apache
> ...), likewise OSI:
>      "We recommend that you always apply an approved Open Source license to
>      software you are releasing, rather than try to
>      waive copyright [= put into public domain] altogether."

CC0 is a bit more complicated than pure public domain.

>          ... This “Give-It-Away” license provides no protection for anyone
>          if the donated software causes harm (...) one [cannot] escape a
>          lawsuit just because his gift was only accidentally harmful.

CC0 contains a warranty disclaimer.  (§4.b.)

> If "utmost free" were the initial intention -- What was wrong with the
> BSD[1] or MIT licenses, which are desinged to be Open Source software
> licenses?

My point is that this is basically what you get, when you live somewhere 
that doesn't allow public domain copyright disclaimer.

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