[sword-devel] Remaining licence/copyright issues

Dmitrijs Ledkovs dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 02:35:19 MST 2009

2009/4/24 Kahunapule Michael Johnson <kahunapule at mpj.cx>

>  Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
> 2009/4/24 Dmitrijs Ledkovs <dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com> <dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com>:
>  2009/4/22 Jonathan Marsden <jmarsden at fastmail.fm> <jmarsden at fastmail.fm>:
>  One quick first impression: there are still a few files in the RC2 tarball
> that
>  licencecheck -r *
>  src/modules/common/sapphire.cpp: *No copyright* UNKNOWN
>  last email is about  src/utilfuns/win32/dirent.cpp: UNKNOWN
> not sapphire.cpp
> I wrote sapphire.cpp and dedicated it to the PUBLIC DOMAIN.
> (Just to remove all doubt.)

Are you from US? If yes, there is no more doubt.

Please see forwarded message below. And please consider using
CC0 for this or other works which you kindly dedicate to public domain.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steve Langasek <vorlon at debian.org>
Date: 2009/4/24
Subject: Re: Sapphire.cpp -- Gpl compatible? DFSG-free?
To: Ben Finney <ben+debian at benfinney.id.au <ben%2Bdebian at benfinney.id.au>>,
Andrew Donnellan <ajdlinux at gmail.com>
Cc: debian-legal at lists.debian.org

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 10:52:44AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
public domain dedications have always been fine for Debian and taken
at face value, provided that:

- the author's intent is unambiguous (i.e., there isn't a statement "this
 work is in the Public Domain" followed immediately by a license that
 attempts to restrict use of the work), and
- the author lives in a jurisdiction where the principles of the public
 domain, and public domain dedications, are recognized, even if it's not
 clear under present law how a public domain dedication can be made.

This basically means that public domain dedications are ok if the author is
in the US, questionable in most other jurisdictions where we would need
clarification from someone familiar with the legal systems, and known to be
insufficient in Germany.

Even in cases where public domain is considered ok for Debian, it's
preferable (and IMHO, better meets the goals of anyone wishing to place
their work in the PD) that the author also include an explicit, liberal
license with an explanation that this is done in case the PD dedication is
not recognized as valid.

The Creative Commons "CC0" license is an effective way to do this:


Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org

With best regards

Dmitrijs Ledkovs (for short Dima),
Ледков Дмитрий Юрьевич
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