[License-review] veto against Unlicence

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Fri May 15 16:00:19 UTC 2020

jonathon dixit:

>In Japan and The European Union, sans Britain, and its possessions and
>territories, buy _The Warranty of Title for SQLite_.

Except SQLite contains contributions from people in countries
that don’t allow relinquishing copyright and so is illegal anyway.

(Getting off-topic, I’m not going to discuss this in-depth, I have
headaches anyway.)

>In Asia, the only suggestion is to not come to the attention of anybody
>with political authority.

And isn’t that sad…

But this all goes to underline your statement:

>When using the an OSI approved license, the last thing I'd expect, is to
>discover that I had committed a felony.

When approving other licences with questionable wording, they were
rejected more easily. Is someone here invested in Unlicense or

>> That's a problem with the German criminal code and needs to be fixed

Wishful thinking.

>That said, things that look like
>they might be public domain, can be, legally speaking, tricky.

Yeah, best to avoid them entirely, and/or ask the original authors
for an explicit fallback licence. (I did so for quite some pieces
of software; for many, such as the original author of the basis of
the shell I maintain, and some utility functions, I got it; others
didn’t reply or, in one famous counter-example (DJB) told me I did
not need it (wrong), meaning I’ll have to avoid his stuff.)

I believe no one can invent an algorithm. One just happens to hit upon it
when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
If you don't believe in God, just consider God as Nature if you won't deny
existence.		-- Coywolf Qi Hunt

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