On Mon, Apr 11, 2005, David Goodger wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 11, 2005, David Goodger wrote:
>>> Most of Docutils is in the public domain, [...]
>> No, it isn't.
> IANAL or a philosopher, and esoteric arguments about the validity of
> the public domain don't really interest me. The Creative Commons and
> Lawrence Lessig (who *is* a lawyer, who specializes in this stuff)
> seem to think dedicating a work to the public domain is perfectly
> valid, and that's good enough for me.
Larry Rosen disagrees:
Because Rosen is the PSF's lawyer, I'm more inclined to listen to him
than Lessig on this subject. (I've been a fan of Lessig for years, back
to the Cyberlaw mailing list in the early 90s -- it's not that I think he
should be ignored.)
Note that Lessig is overall less of a specialist in this area than Rosen;
Lessig's specialty is constitutional law, though he certainly has a great
deal of expertise in IP law.
>> Have you been paying attention to the license/copyright threads on
> Yes, but I don't see how they apply here. Care to elaborate?
You won't be able to contribute Docutils to Python as long as you're
claming it's in the public domain. Given that one of the goals of
Docutils is to migrate into the Python core eventually, my opinion is
that it's much simpler to keep the licensing issues straight now.
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