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Questions tagged [public-domain]

The public domain contains works that have no copyright on them, either because the author dedicated it to the public domain or because copyright has expired.

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Is there any reason to not use 0BSD?

I recently came across the Zero-Clause BSD License (also known as the Free Public License). A version of the BSD license that does not include any restrictions. I've looked for information regarding ...
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Buying a license to public domain software (where PD is recognized)?

Are there ever any practical reasons for purchasing an explicit license to "public-domain" software, assuming both the software developer and the user reside in jurisdictions where the public domain ...
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Can I include Jenny Everywhere in a licensed work?

Jenny Everywhere is an "open source" character made before there were Creative Commons licenses. When including her in a work you are supposed to include the Jenny Everywhere Paragraph: The ...
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Releasing to the public domain fragments of permissive licensed code

I want to release to the public domain a software project that copies verbatim (with minor formatting) one function from another project licensed with a permissive license (this one): Copying and ...
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Can I use BSD / MIT licensed code in a public-domain equivalent project?

As far as I know, the BSD 3-clause and MIT licenses are functionally equivalent. Can I take BSD/MIT-licensed code and use it in a project which I then release under CC0, the Unlicense, or similar? (...
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Public domain software in Europe

I've just found out that in some countries in Europe, one can't use public domain libraries in commercial software (e.g. Germany). Parts of the Linux libraries come under public domain (e.g. files ...
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“SQLite is illegal in Germany” - really?

This blog post claims in passing that SQLite is illegal, at least in Germany, but potentially worldwide This is tacked onto another mostly-unrelated claim that GitHub's terms of service are ...
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Can software be both MIT licensed and in the public domain?

docopt.rs is dual-licensed under the MIT and Unlicense. How can the software be both copyrighted and in the public domain? Is this an example of invalid licensing?
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Re-licensing software in the public domain as CC0 [duplicate]

I would like to roll some OSS in the public domain into a larger code base to distribute myself. I have a few concerns however. Code released into the public domain may at the discretion of the ...
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Using public domain code in an LGPL program

I want to release a program that uses some public domain code (or a permissive license) from netlib.org under the LGPL license. Since the licenses (or lack of it) are compatible, there should be no ...
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Does the GNU GPL imply that I hold copyright?

Would it be possible to release my copyright (essentially put it in the public domain) but still have the software licensed under the GNU GPL?
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Releasing software as Kopimi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piratbyr%C3%A5n#Kopimi Essentially, I'm looking to release a piece of software as "Kopimi". I want to release it into the public domain so there is nothing stopping ...
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Why use licenses? Why not release open source code to public domain?

Why do most open source projects use licenses instead of simply releasing the code into the public domain?
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Who is responsible for code being in the public domain?

Recently, I wanted a certain functionality that can be difficult to implement due to many special cases and subtle details in technical specifications. So I did a websearch and quickly found existing ...
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Copyright expiration and public domain of books [closed]

The post is actually migrated. I have been looking that many books published with copyright notice like: Copyright © by [abc] publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be ...
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Am I allowed to use these gifs for my game?

I am a game developer and while searching for assets to put in my game I stumbled across this website. I came across this website and the FAQs were not clear on whether or not I can use the assets for ...
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How do I turn a public domain project into a MIT project

A while ago I released some code into the public domain, using CC0. I am now thinking, that I would like to extend that work, but have it under the MIT license -- the extensions at least. I don't ...
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Can Public Domain use GPL licensed library/program?

A similar question already asked here (https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/159023/can-cc0-code-use-a-gpl-library) but my question is a little bit different, perhaps more accurately....
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What are the limitations of CC0 vs Public Domain

What are the shortcomings of CC0 in comparison with Public Domain? for author of work? for users? for those who modify/extend/change license of original work?
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Does using a GPLv2 code generator force my project to be similarly licensed?

I use gSOAP to generate c++ code from wsdl in some project hosted on github and I am a little lost in the license compatibilities. Shortly I prefer to share my work without any license constraint, ...
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How should I release my notes under public domain if they contain quotes from proprietary texts?

I'm keeping a GitHub repository that contains my personal notes. While I feel comfortable with releasing most of the things in the public domain, that repository does contain some quotes, mostly from ...
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Combining code written under different licenses (Eiffel Forum License, MIT and Apache), what are my options?

So I'm new to all this licensing jazz, and I've just started work on a project I'd like to one day publish as open source. I've found a couple of projects so far that have code to accomplish stuff ...
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May someone else apply a license to CC0 material?

Alice licensed her work under CC0 1.0. May Bob take Alice’s work and publish it under another Creative Commons license (e.g., CC BY-SA)? If yes, may Bob publish it under his own name (i.e., not ...
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How can I place software in the public domain

I know CC0 and the WTFPL for example exist to grant all rights associated with the public domain, without placing it in the public domain, because this is difficult, or in some cases impossible. I ...
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Is public domain open source? [duplicate]

The Public Domain contains works on which copyright has expired. Basically you can do nearly anything with it. Does Public Domain therefore count as Open Source or free/libre?
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Can I create a derivative of an old book?

Copyright for old works expire at some point. In most countries that happens 70 years after authors death. Can I take a book with expired copyright (say Dickens Oliver Twist), change it substantially (...
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What happens to an open source project when the copyright expires?

With conventional copyright, N years after the author's death the copyright expires (where N varies from country to country). Since free and open source licences are supported legally by copyright law,...
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Does open source qualify as being part of the public domain?

According to Google, Open Source is... denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. It seems to be that the product seems to ...