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Re: RDF.rb public domain dedications

From: Ben Lavender <blavender@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 May 2010 13:35:51 +0200
Message-ID: <AANLkTimpdxK6m5CGMCwxO8UmmrW4rbF6UAVsjLm2UJnW@mail.gmail.com>
To: Arto Bendiken <arto.bendiken@gmail.com>
Cc: public-rdf-ruby@w3.org, unlicense@googlegroups.com
This is mine.  I believe the signing is optional.

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# Copyright waiver for <http://github.com/bendiken/rdf>
# Copyright waiver for <http://github.com/bendiken/rdf-spec>

I dedicate any and all copyright interest in this software to the
public domain. I make this dedication for the benefit of the public at
large and to the detriment of my heirs and successors. I intend this
dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in perpetuity of all
present and future rights to this software under copyright law.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, my contributions are either
originally authored by me or are derived from prior works which I have
verified are also in the public domain and are not subject to claims
of copyright by other parties.

To the best of my knowledge and belief, no individual, business,
organization, government, or other entity has any copyright interest
in my contributions, and I affirm that I will not make contributions
that are otherwise encumbered.
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Ben

On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 1:15 PM, Arto Bendiken <arto.bendiken@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello public-rdf-ruby@w3.org folks,
>
> I've pushed out a 0.1.10 release of RDF.rb earlier today, and am now
> looking to review, test and merge a number of patches and
> contributions that several people (including Pius Uzamere and John
> Fieber) have sent me recently via GitHub.
>
> Before I merge these changes, however, I will need to collect public
> domain dedications from the authors in question. This is an
> unfortunate modern-day legal necessity for ensuring that RDF.rb's code
> base, which is 100% in the public domain [1], continues to remain
> completely free and unencumbered by any possible copyright claims or
> any doubt regarding its legal situation.
>
> So, if you are an aspiring contributor to RDF.rb, I would ask that you
> kindly follow the simple & short instructions at [2] and e-mail me (or
> much more preferably, this mailing list, so that it's a matter of
> public record) a public domain dedication & copyright disclaimer for
> the code you wish to contribute.
>
> You can use the three-paragraph waiver at [3] as a template; you just
> need to list the URLs that your contributions are for, so go ahead and
> change that first line to reference [4] if your contributions are
> intended for inclusion into RDF.rb, and add [5] if you've also
> committed to a fork of RDF::Spec.
>
> Note that you need to send in a copyright waiver once only, so that I
> have it on file, after which I'll be happy to merge your subsequent
> pull requests without any extra ado.
>
> Also, I'll be following the FSF's rule of thumb [6] here, according to
> which contributions totaling less than 15 lines of new code can safely
> be considered "trivial" for legal purposes, in which case no waiver is
> needed. Hence I've already previously merged e.g. a small patch [7]
> from Pius, which fulfilled these criteria.
>
> I already have a waiver from Ben Lavender, who is the largest
> contributor to RDF.rb so far, but I will ask him to re-post it here on
> the list as well so as to make it a part of the public record and also
> provide an example of the process.
>
> Thank you,
> Arto
>
> --
> Arto Bendiken | @bendiken
>
> PS. I've copied this message also to the Unlicense mailing list [8],
> so in case you have any licensing/copyright-related questions that
> have nothing to do with RDF and Ruby per se, please subscribe and
> reply to the unlicense@googlegroups.com mailing list instead of
> public-rdf-ruby@w3.org.
>
> [1] http://github.com/bendiken/rdf/blob/master/UNLICENSE
> [2] http://unlicense.org/#unlicensing-contributions
> [3] http://unlicense.org/WAIVER
> [4] http://github.com/bendiken/rdf
> [5] http://github.com/bendiken/rdf-spec
> [6] http://www.gnu.org/prep/maintain/maintain.html#Legally-Significant
> [7] http://github.com/bendiken/rdf/commit/fd9a7881c256e42df3a3e6b59b236de2f816cbf7
> [8] http://groups.google.com/group/unlicense
>
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