[License-discuss] Becoming Public Domain After X Years

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Sun Nov 24 03:40:40 UTC 2019

John Cowan dixit:

>but in general any property (except land) can be abandoned by any overt act

Maybe in America, but not in Europe.

Public Domain is the absence of copyright protection, and a licence
only works when there is copyright protection. In at least some
countries it’s not permitted to relinquish copyright, and for that
reason you could use a permissive licence (such as MirBSD), or CC0
which licences the right to licence the work, after your time period.

I think a licence statement that says “the first 10 years licence A,
then licence B” when both are OSI-approved (say first copyleft then
Ⓕ Copyfree) is automatically Open Source. (And one where only B is
OSI-approved will *eventually* become Open Source automatically.)

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22:21⎜<asarch> And the distance between the craziness and geniality is
only measured by the success 18:35⎜<asarch> "Psychotics are consistently
inconsistent. The essence of sanity is to be inconsistently inconsistent

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