[License-discuss] Becoming Public Domain After X Years

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sun Nov 24 03:54:59 UTC 2019

An editing error on my part:  I meant to say "at common law" somewhere in
that sentence, though the careful distinction between landed ("real")
property and other property would be a giveaway to the knowledgeable.

On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 10:41 PM Thorsten Glaser <tg at mirbsd.de> wrote:

> 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.)
> bye,
> //mirabilos
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