[License-discuss] Unlicense CC0 and patents

Prashant Shah pshah.mumbai at gmail.com
Wed Aug 21 06:25:31 UTC 2013


On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:

> CCO contains a well-drafted fallback to permissive terms in the
> event that its primary intent runs afoul of local law (as is a serious
> problem with such efforts), while Unlicense is a badly drafted crayon
> licence, apparently thrown together by software engineers imagining they
> can handwave away the worldwide copyright regime by grabbing a bit of
> wording from here, a bit from there, throwing the result out in public,
> and hoping for the best.
> My initial comments on Unlicense:
> http://projects.opensource.org/pipermail/license-review/2012-January/000026.html
> I never bothered getting to patent complications.
CC0 explicitly states that it doesn't grant patent rights if there are any.
Is this not going against the purpose of putting the work in public domain
itself ?

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