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On 13/08/2011 21.30, David Given wrote:
On 13/08/11 19:53, Lorenzo Donati wrote:
Really? This comes new to me! You mean that some snippets could be, say,
GPLed and could have been fed to the community without a warning?

What is the implicit license if someone doesn't declare one then?

In theory, none --- without a license, the code cannot be redistributed
at all.

In practice, stuff sent to a mailing list is presumed to have an
implicit license allowing it to be used in a reasonable manner, so
nobody cares if we reuse small snippets of code. For anything
substantial --- and yes, the definition of 'reasonable' and
'substantial' does depend on how well paid your lawyers are --- it is
important to be more careful.

Thank you for the enlightenment!

Since I don't make software for a living nowadays, I'm not very knowledgeable of legal issues, save for using software without breaking its license.

When I did software development professionally I did it in a strict closed-source environment, and the copyright holders were my employers, so legal stuff wasn't my direct concern.

The sw I produce now is essentially for "domestic use", i.e. for aiding myself with my job (teacher), and for fun (keeping my programming skills up-to-date).

I wonder how people on this list who produce commercial software cope with this legal uncertainty, beside relying on an honorable gentlemen agreement among lua-l members?

Um... this advice is redistributable under the terms of the CC0 Creative
Commons License (all rights possible waived).

Fair enough! :-)

-- Lorenzo