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Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 29, 2013 17:12 UTC (Tue) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Parent article: Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

You can't avoid licensing because governments have decided that everybody must be forced to submit their IP regimes whether they want to or not.

Copyrights are assigned by default and are involuntary. Enough people have been burned by legal bullshit in the past (ie: BSD) that dealing with licensing is unavoidable. Ignore it at your own peril.


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Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 29, 2013 17:29 UTC (Tue) by apoelstra (subscriber, #75205) [Link]

> You can't avoid licensing because governments have decided that everybody must be forced to submit their IP regimes whether they want to or not.

However, if you still want to make a political statement, check out the Creative Commons 0 "public domain dedication" license.

It basically tries 20 different ways to waive all rights, falling back as many times as it needs to until it gets something legal in the licensee's jurisdiction.

I agree that the author's premise is flawed. Not licensing means "full copyright", which is the complete opposite of a protest. I don't believe anybody is releasing code with no license as a political statement. (Note: the author isn't endorsing this, just suggesting it's a reason for the lack of licensing on github. Near the end of the article, he suggests some better ways to make a statement.)

Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 30, 2013 9:24 UTC (Wed) by pabs (subscriber, #43278) [Link]

You seem to be unaware that, for the majority of people, copyright law doesn't exist because it is not enforced against them, despite their violation of it. Violation of copyright law is rampant, so much so that there are even political parties named after the term "piracy". It is very easy to avoid licensing; just ignore copyright law and do as you want:

http://blog.ninapaley.com/2012/05/12/intellectual-disobed...
http://blog.ninapaley.com/2012/12/14/copycamp-talk/

Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 30, 2013 17:40 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333) [Link]

Many laws are violated all the time. I frequently exceed the speed limit, for example. But those laws still exists... it is up to the government agent to enforce it when they feel like it. Ignoring copyright puts you at the mercy of people that don't ignore it.

Villa: Pushing back against licensing and the permission culture

Posted Jan 30, 2013 10:40 UTC (Wed) by epa (subscriber, #39769) [Link]

Right. Some people get confused and think that a 'licence' is a document that restricts permissions, rather than a document which grants them. This is perhaps understandable when there are so many legalistic 'licence agreements' which are really trying to be one-sided contracts.


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