[Haskell-cafe] short licensing question

wren ng thornton wren at freegeek.org
Mon Jan 11 15:08:51 EST 2010

Sebastian Fischer wrote:
> What reasons do people have to use a BSD license over a Public Domain 
> license, for example with the license text from: 
> <http://www.lemur.com/pd-disclaimers.html> ? Is the only difference 
> that, with a BSD license, the copyright notice must be maintained?

One important reason is that "public domain" does not exist (or is not 
the same) in all countries, which can make international sharing a 
hassle. If you feel the BSD3 is too restrictive, another alternative is 
the WTFPL[1][2] which provides a formal contract of, essentially, public 
domain privileges (and is GPL-compatible).

[1] http://sam.zoy.org/wtfpl/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTFPL

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