[License-review] veto against Unlicence

Simon Phipps simon at webmink.com
Fri May 15 13:27:28 UTC 2020

On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:34 PM Langley, Stuart <Stuart.Langley at disney.com>

> The issue this creates is that the author can’t make a valid transfer to
> the public domain.  Transfers are not allowed.  The author’s completely
> clear and unambiguous intent to transfer does not change that. The only
> option is to license sufficient rights.  Without a license, even if the
> author does not assert copyright, their heirs might.

OSI has previously advised that "public domain" does not qualify as open
source because exactly this sort of issue, varying in scope and consequence
globally, prevents developers from being sure they have the necessary
rights without consulting another person first. See

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