[Clipart] [OT] PD and Software
glennrp at comcast.net
Tue Apr 13 11:52:51 PDT 2004
At 02:19 PM 4/13/2004 -0400, cws456456 at aol.com wrote:
>Kinda off-topic, kinda not...
>We're getting into a lot of dicussions about Public Domain and various
>liscences through which art could be released. Well I have a question.
>Can Software be released to the Public Domain?
Yes. I wrote lots of PD software when I was a Federal employee.
>If so, wouldn't that be the most "free" and "open" way to release it?
It is "free" but it is not "open" because anyone can take a copy and
proprietize it. It happens to lots of gummint software; it gets
taken private, modified, and sold back to the gummint at $5000/seat.
>I think that woudl clear up a lot of the GPL, LGPL, BSD, QRS, TUV, WTH, CWS,
>BOB etc etc ad nuseum... debates.
>Just let evrybody have it. Absolutely no strings attached. No requirements
>to include the source code. No "backwards-compatiblity" clauses.
Art doesn't have a "backwards-compatibility" problem but it's an
important part of software that can be ruined by putting in PD.
There is much less of an argument against putting artwork in PD.
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