[Talk-us] as the license change approaches...

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Fri Jan 20 03:58:25 GMT 2012

Richard Weait writes:
 > That's a tricky case.  They've explicitly declined using the license
 > terms on the site, but also made a PD declaration somewhere else.

Not tricky. A judge will require that you believe yourself in such
matters, so if you say "Do what you want", and then try to sue, you
WILL lose. There's a legal doctrine called "reliance", where a judge
won't let you mislead people into violating a contract and then sue

So yeah, if somebody explicitly declines but have said that their
edits are PD, then they really *are* PD, and they should be greenlit.

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