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From rdon...@apache.org
Subject svn commit: r1205167 - /infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext
Date Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:04:37 GMT
Author: rdonkin
Date: Tue Nov 22 21:04:37 2011
New Revision: 1205167

URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc?rev=1205167&view=rev
Log:
LEGAL-75 Treat public domain (and similar licenses) as extremely permissive licenses. Attribution
is required.

Modified:
    infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext

Modified: infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext
URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext?rev=1205167&r1=1205166&r2=1205167&view=diff
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--- infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext (original)
+++ infrastructure/site/trunk/content/legal/resolved.mdtext Tue Nov 22 21:04:37 2011
@@ -292,3 +292,35 @@ Category A to Category B to Category X. 
 work itself if, for example, it mentions the various licensing options
 in the source headers.
 
+
+## Can Works Placed In The Public Domain Be Included In Apache Products?
+
+Works in the public domain (or covered by a license treated similarly) may be included within
Apache products.   
+Attribution is required (in a similar fashion to [permissive licenses][1]). 
+
+
+A work should be treated as being in the public domain when:
+
+  - it is covered by 
+       - the Creative Commons [Public Domain Mark][4]
+       - a suitable dedication to the public domain by the authors 
+  - clear evidence exists that either copyright 
+      - has expired, or
+      - cannot be claimed. 
+
+Licenses that should be treated as similar to public domain:
+
+  - Creative Commons [CC0 “No Rights Reserved”][5]
+  - Creative Commons [Public Domain Certification][6]
+
+
+**Note that** whether a work falls in the public domain may be a [difficult][2], even controversial,
subject. 
+Questions have been [raised][3] about the effectiveness of attempts by authors to place works
into the public domain (under modern copyright laws). 
+Determining whether the copyright in a work has expired may often be non-trivial and may
vary between jurisdictions.
+
+  [1]: #category-a
+  [2]: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter8/
+  [3]: http://creativecommons.org/about/cc0
+  [4]: http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/
+  [5]: http://creativecommons.org/about/cc0
+  [6]: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/
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