Mike Jeays mike.jeays at
Fri May 8 13:05:03 UTC 2009

On May 8, 2009 01:09:51 am Steve Bertrand wrote:
> I've got a question that is likely not suited for this list, but I know
> that there are people here who can guide me off-list.
> Being a network engineer, I'm far from a developer. With that said, I've
> written numerous network automation programs (mostly in Perl), and have
> developed several small patches for software written in C related to ISP
> operations (including the OS itself).
> I'm looking for advice on how I can take all of my code, and license it
> into the public domain. I'm sure that most people won't have any
> interest in it, but I really want to ensure that what I have done is
> freely accessible.
> All of my code is pretty well separated into different files that
> contain different functions, so isolating portions of my programs that
> use modules or functions that are external is not a problem.
> GPL seems too verbose legally for me. Can the BSD license fit into any
> code, no matter what language it is in, and if so, can I have my code
> overlooked by someone who can verify that the BSD license will fit?
> Steve
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I would keep away from the term 'public domain', which means you would lose 
any rights to it whatsoever.

I don't think the language makes any difference. Basically, the BSD license is 
OK if you don't mind others taking the code, modifying it and distributing 
binaries without making the modified source available. If you don't like the 
last part, consider the GPL.

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