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  • I just downloaded the source for sqlite and I can't find the licensing, except for this bit in main.c:

    ** The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of
    ** a legal notice, here is a blessing:
    **
    ** May you do good and not evil.
    ** May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others.
    ** May you share freely, never taking more than you give.
    **

    Call me old-fashioned, but I like real licenses like GPL, BSD or the Artistic. I really don't understand one "disclaims copyright" y

    • Well DBD::SQLite is AL/GPL combo (like Perl), and yes, the author means "public domain" that's what disclaiming copyright effectively means.
      • Public domain cannot be public domain without explicitly stating this and he'd better really mean it when he says it as it means he has no rights to it henceforth. CPAN got into a bit of a wicket over this sort of thing so I'm with JJ on this one...tell the guy to get real and either state it is public domain or get a real license. Implied public domain doesn't fly.

        • Public domain cannot be public domain without explicitly stating this

          Disclaiming copyright is explicitly stating that. There's nothing implied about that. I can't say whether or not it meets a certain legal requirement in its form -- and I am not sure if any of us can; if so, I'd like to know the source, because I am interested -- but it is quite explicit.

          • We went around on this with RMS and Brad...you are welcome to talk to them about it but outside the US 'public domain' doesn't mean jack shit...it needs a license and disclaiming a copyright as stupidly as that guy did isn't enough from what I understand. I don't like such things nor am I a lawyer so take it up with the FSF if you care.

            • That's not the issue I was discussing. I was discussing whether or not "disclaming copyright" is the same as "public domain." Whether or not public domain is good or useful is a separate discussion.
              • Disclaiming copyright is not the same as 'public domain' and since 'public domain' has no meaning outside of the US it is probably not useful.

                • Yes, it is the same. Whether or not it has force of law, whether or not it is useful, is another matter, one that I personally don't care about. For all the time we put into trying to get our licenses to be legal, they never go to court. 'Tis a waste of time, mostly.