[License-discuss] Certifying MIT-0

Tom Callaway tcallawa at redhat.com
Fri Apr 24 14:45:08 UTC 2020

Ignoring the legal morass of complexity that is the Public Domain, do you
honestly think there is any practical risk from honoring an extreme
permissive license where the copyright holder effectively says "I disclaim
this and invite you to do whatever you want with it". I could see a
possible concern in a lack of warranty disclaimer, but you should be able
to add it if you were concerned.

I just don't see the copyright holder having any ground to stand on if they
were to take you to court after having attempted to abandon their copyright.

Obviously, IANAL, so I am genuinely interested in what others think.


On Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 10:39 AM Thorsten Glaser <tg at mirbsd.de> wrote:

> Ryan Birmingham dixit:
> >reasons that the unlicense is not.
> “Unlicense” is a PD dedication, not a licence, and therefore
> not portable to at least a good part of the EU, unusable both
> for consumers and creators. I have to treat stuff under the
> “Unlicense” as proprietary unlicenced unusable crap.
> (Sadly, it’s also still listed on the Copyfree site… perhaps
> I have to start my own curated list… ☹)
> bye,
> //mirabilos
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