Public domain pros and cons



  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 1,062
    The question in the thread was with regard to which license is closest to public domain (i.e. totally free of copyright). You argued that OFL is closer to 'the spirit of public domain'. I argued that something like MIT is closer to the actuality of public domain. I don't think either of us is wrong.

    To be clear, I'm not 'recommending' a particular license model. I think both constrained and unconstrained open licenses have their place, and I'm not ideologically committed to either. For me, the choice what license to use is very much project-specific: I look at the thing — sometimes discuss it with colleagues, as you and I discussed the licensing of Slabo —. and figure out what seems to make most sense for that thing. For Slabo it was OFL with the option for Apache 2.0. For the Biblical Hebrew OTL layout, it was MIT.
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