[License-review] veto against Unlicence

McCoy Smith mccoy at lexpan.law
Wed May 13 18:48:04 UTC 2020

And (d) the assertion that this passage:

"Anyone is free to copy, modify, publish, use, compile, sell, or distribute this software, either in source code form or as a compiled
binary, for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and by any means."

Is not a license.

Because if that’s true, MIT and BSD are also not licenses.

> On May 13, 2020, at 11:38 AM, Pamela Chestek <pamela at chesteklegal.com> wrote:
> On 5/13/2020 2:03 PM, Josh Berkus wrote:
>> On 5/11/20 1:25 AM, Thorsten Glaser wrote:
>>>> The courts are unlikely to assign him one against his wishes.
>>> Wrong, at least for the part of the world not USA.
>> Can you get a European or other non-US attorney to back you up on this?
>> We're considering accepting the Unlicense on the basis that more than
>> one attorney has said that they have no objections to it, and no
>> attorney has objected.  Despite the enthusiasm of your arguments, you
>> are not an attorney, yet your arguments rest on legal grounds.
>> If you truly want to block the unlicence from acceptance, the way to do
>> it is to get a qualified attorney to back up your assertion that (a)
>> release into public domain is meaningless in several jurisdictions, and
>> (b) violation is a statutory crime even without prosecution.
>> Otherwise, you've said your piece but been outvoted.
> I would add to the list (c), a court might hold that, in the absence of
> an effective dedication to the public domain, a user would not have a
> defense to a claim of infringement based on the clear statement of the
> uses the author has identified in the document as permitted.
> Pam
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