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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: [drlvm][mmtk] location of mmtk.jar that's needed by JIT helper inlining -- did this get resolved?
Date Tue, 28 Nov 2006 06:47:20 GMT


Nathan Beyer wrote:
> On 11/28/06, Peter Donald <peter@realityforge.org> wrote:
>> On 11/28/06, Nathan Beyer <nbeyer@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > Why public domain?  That can actually be problematic from a strict
>> > > licensing POV for reasons I don't remember or can't really explain 
>> clearly.
>> >
>> > This is off topic, but that seems counter-intuitive. Wouldn't public
>> > domain mean no worries?
>>
>> With public domain software (which effectively means software that you
>> disclaim copyright on) can lead you open to litigation. Partially as a
>> result of your inability to disclaim warranty or fitness for intended
>> use. So your software goes *boom* then you may be responsible for
>> damages due to some implied warranty or even expressed warranty (if
>> you said the software was good go use it!).
> 
> Interesting. Thanks for turning on that light bulb.
> 
> All of the concurrency code we're using is public domain, as defined
> by this URL, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain. There's
> no mention of warranty in the code or the site we get it from. Is this
> bad for the authors? Is this bad for Harmony?

It's not ideal, but we have little choice.

geir

> 
> -Nathan
> 
>>
>> Different countries have all sorts of twisted laws regarding its use.
>> While I don't pretend to understand them I have been told by people
>> who do know stuff that generally it is a very bad idea to try and
>> public domain software - even if you know the appropriate steps
>> required to disclaim copyright.
>>
>> -- 
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Peter Donald
>>

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