[License-discuss] veto against Unlicence (was Re: Certifying MIT-0)

McCoy Smith mccoy at lexpan.law
Sat Apr 25 00:06:19 UTC 2020

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> |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.
> This is not a licence statement (which would not be valid anyway, because a licence is issued as copyright instrument while PD means absence of copyright protection) but an explanation of the previous paragraph.
I'm curious for the authority behind these rather definitive statements of yours, and how those authorities would not be equally applicable to the MIT and BSD "license" statements (neither of which use the term "license," although MIT does use "sublicense").  What is a "copyright instrument" which is required to effectuate a license under your understanding of how such an instrument is effectuated.
If there are rather strict formalities for creating a valid license, there might be quite a few "licenses" on the OSI list which now need to be removed.

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