[Haskell] Re: haskell.org Public Domain

Wolfgang Jeltsch wolfgang at jeltsch.net
Thu Jan 12 13:07:29 EST 2006

Am Donnerstag, 12. Januar 2006 18:58 schrieb Ashley Yakeley:
> [...]

> 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):
> <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/>
> "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"
> below.
> "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."

Huh, this is rather complex.  Do we understand all the implications this 
license would have?  In addition, it uses this ugly word ( :-) ) "public 
domain" instead.

Best wishes,

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