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Re: DJB's software components

On Sat, 01 Dec 2007 07:18:34 +0000, Kevin Kofler scripst:
> Believe it or not, in most European countries, you can't place anything
> in the public domain, especially not after you claimed copyright for it

Better to be said -- in most of the European, there is no such thing as 
public domain de iure. There is a public domain de facto, but it looks 
slightly differently from the US public domain. Let lawyers deal with 
junk like this.

> In addition, there may be rights which cannot even be licensed, for
> example in France, you can't use a work in a way which hurts the
> author's image/reputation (and I believe that part of a French
> copyright doesn't even expire);

That's pretty common all over Europe (knowing only the Czech copyright 
law though).

> (Of course all this is not legal advice, I am not a lawyer, laws may
> vary wildly between countries in Europe, and the above paragraph may
> contain mistakes. But disclaimers aside, I hope I got the general idea
> across. ;-) )

I was a lawyer, but I haven't practice copyright law for years, so IANAL 
for purposes of this thread as well.

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