[Haskell] Re: haskell.org Public Domain

Ashley Yakeley ashley at semantic.org
Thu Jan 12 12:58:58 EST 2006

In article <200601120622.34664.p.turner at computer.org>,
 Scott Turner <p.turner at computer.org> wrote:

> I wonder, though, whether adding a disclaimer is needed. If you take the "by" 
> out of the Creative Commons license, as ajb suggested, then the major feature 
> remaining is the disclaimer. Along with that is verbiage which makes the 
> license much longer in order to require that the license remains associated 
> with the "work".

The Creative Commons project helpfully provides a public domain 
declaration, that may be preferable to the earlier one I cited (although 
it doesn't have a disclaimer either):


"The person or persons who have associated work with this document (the 
"Dedicator" or "Certifier") hereby either (a) certifies that, to the 
best of his knowledge, the work of authorship identified is in the 
public domain of the country from which the work is published, or (b) 
hereby dedicates whatever copyright the dedicators holds in the work of 
authorship identified below (the "Work") to the public domain. A 
certifier, moreover, dedicates any copyright interest he may have in the 
associated work, and for these purposes, is described as a "dedicator" 

"A certifier has taken reasonable steps to verify the copyright status 
of this work. Certifier recognizes that his good faith efforts may not 
shield him from liability if in fact the work certified is not in the 
public domain.

"Dedicator makes this dedication for the benefit of the public at large 
and to the detriment of the Dedicator's heirs and successors. Dedicator 
intends this dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in 
perpetuity of all present and future rights under copyright law, whether 
vested or contingent, in the Work. Dedicator understands that such 
relinquishment of all rights includes the relinquishment of all rights 
to enforce (by lawsuit or otherwise) those copyrights in the Work.
Dedicator recognizes that, once placed in the public domain, the Work 
may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, used, modified, 
built upon, or otherwise exploited by anyone for any purpose, commercial 
or non-commercial, and in any way, including by methods that have not 
yet been invented or conceived."

Ashley Yakeley, Seattle WA

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