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Subject: Re: a dev question about the Sansa Clip

Re: a dev question about the Sansa Clip

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 16:14:40 +0200 (CEST)

On Sun, 31 May 2009, Antony Stone wrote:

>> A) Some people claim to do things (write programs for example) that they
>> hand over to "public domain". This may or may not be accepted legally.
> Just because something is put into the public domain for anyone to use in
> any way they wish doesn't really have anything to do with the copyright
> associated with its creation. Public Domain is more like a licence to use
> and distribute the software; the fact that the person who wrote it in the
> first place retains copyright over it doesn't stop someone else using it in
> a way the author permits.

Right. That's your *opinion* on the matter and hence I said that people are
debating these issues. The issue of public domain and copyright or not, in
software, has been going on for many years and I forsee that it will continue
for a long time still.

Some people actually claim that they (have the right to completely) resign all
copyright ownerships when they release their stuff as public domain.

I'm not taking a stand here. I'm merely saying that this is an area where
there are no definite facts.

Received on 2009-05-31

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