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From "Dennis E. Hamilton" <dennis.hamil...@acm.org>
Subject RE: Licensing Issue
Date Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:58:41 GMT
Small but important correction.

It is not permissible to claim a public-domain creation of another as "your own."  There is
no open-range, mustang copyright arrangement.

In the US, works of the US Government are "born" public-domain.  Not others.  

Oddly, you as an individual in the US can't *put* a work into the public domain, but you can
make a quit claim that forswears defense of any of the exclusive rights of you, the copyright
holder.  That does not in any way remove the copyright that the work was born having, however.

But either way, one cannot assert any kind of property right over a work that is not yours
(or of someone providing work for hire to you), whether public domain or not.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ted Dunning [mailto:ted.dunning@gmail.com] 
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 23:51
To: general@incubator.apache.org
Subject: Re: Licensing Issue

Stefan,

In order to "open source" something, you have to define what you mean by
"open source".  If you mean that anybody can do anything at all with the
code including claim it as their own, then you mean to put it into the public
domain <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain>.

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