[License-review] Svoboda for Approval

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue May 22 10:15:53 UTC 2012

Quoting Gregor Pintar (grpintar at gmail.com):

> I am canceling my submission for approval, since license doesn't do
> what I have wanted.
> By the way, it is really stupid you can't un-copyright your work.

What do you _actually_ want to achieve?  If you want to give maximal
permission for anyone to do anything with your work, a single-line
copyright notice w/licence will suffice.  If you want to say your
licence is OSI Certified, then Fair License[1] is the shortest
permissive licence that does that.  If you want a well-known licence
that's OSI Certified, the MIT X11 License qualifies.

On the other hand, if you're one of those ideologues who're worked up
over the existence of copyright title and want to eradicate your work's
ownability in all jurisdictions, see previous comment about de-ratifying
the Berne Convention and undoing 40 years of international copyright
law, and good luck with that.

I'd really like to tell the 'I want an ultra-short, ultra-permissive
licence' people to please pick one of those alternatives and cease
wasting our time.  Oh wait!  I already did:

[1] http://www.opensource.org/licenses/fair

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