[License-review] veto against Unlicense

McCoy Smith mccoy at lexpan.law
Tue Jun 2 17:23:27 UTC 2020

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> Subject: Re: [License-review] veto against Unlicense
> The developer side of this list was always OK with the unlicense, I think.
> got blocked because the attorneys said it wouldn't fly with international
I'm not sure that's consistent with the discussion.  IIRC, Til Jaeger, an
attorney licensed in Germany (one of the jurisdictions identified as not
allowing dedications to the public domain) seemed to believe the license
would be OK under German law:
Matija Skulje also opined the same, under Slovenian law:

Did any lawyers from non-US jurisdictions say that the second paragraph of
Unlicense would be ineffective as a backstop license if the public domain
dedication was not operative under local law?

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