Chad Perrin: SOB

13 May 2008

Public Distribution License; Copyfree mailing list

Filed under: Geek,Liberty — apotheon @ 03:43

I uploaded the first public draft of the Public Distribution License today.

  • It is similar to the CCD CopyWrite License in that it is a copyfree FLOW license. It differs in that it has weak heritability characteristics.

  • It is similar to the modern BSD and MIT licenses in that it is a copyfree license with weak heritability characteristics. It differs in that it is a FLOW license.

edit: The PDL, thanks in part to the similarity of its initialism to that for a somewhat well-known documentation license, has been deprecated in favor of the Open Works License.

A couple of definitions might be in order:

  • FLOW: A Free/Libre/Open Works license is essentically the same as a more limited Free/Libre/Open Source license, except that it can apply to anything to which copyright applies — not just to software. The BSD and MIT licenses both apply specifically to software.

  • strong heritability: A license with strong heritability characteristics is one that applies not only to the originally licensed work, but also to other content that connects to the originally licensed work in some way — such as statically linked libraries, books that contain a passage distributed under the terms of such a license, et cetera.

  • no heritability: A license with no heritability characteristics is one that, under its own terms, can be discarded later — similarly to the heritability characteristics of the distribution terms of works in the public domain.

  • weak heritability: A license with weak heritability characteristics is one that applies to any redistributions of the work and direct derivatives of it, but can be included in works distributed under other license terms. This applies to most, if not all, licenses that are deemed “GPL compatible” by the Free Software Foundation. It may also theoretically apply to some licenses that cannot be deemed “GPL compatible”, if it explicitly forbids distribution under the terms of the GPL, which would be a license term that might disqualify it from being a copyfree license — but not from being described as having weak heritability characteristics.

  • copyfree: Just visit the Website to find out about this one.

In addition, I have created a new mailing list for discussions of all things copyfree-related. You can find that via the copyfree Website, too. Discussion of matters related to development, promotion, and use of both the CCD CopyWrite License and PDL are appropriate topics there, as are other matters related to licensing.

Just figured I’d let you all know.

Don’t talk to the police. Ever.

Filed under: Liberty — apotheon @ 02:03

Today, I discovered a couple of resources on what you should say to police. One, I found on my own:

Don’t talk to cops!

It’s just text, and a reasonably quick read.

The other was a link sent to me via IMs by someone I know from high school:

Don’t Talk to Police

That second one is a WMV file — a video recording of a lecture by a law professor, with some follow-up by a police officer (who I’m pretty sure is one of the professor’s students, studying to become a lawyer himself). This law professor is good, and worth watching, even if the entire video (including the cop) is something like 50 minutes.

“mcsalmon” had this to say in reddit discussion:

The video linked to is an hour long and worth every minute spent watching it. It’s a brilliant deconstruction of the 5th amendment and it’s intent and it’s modern usage. Highly recommended.

Moral of the story: Don’t tell the police anything.

First example:

  • Cop – “Do you know how fast you were going?”
  • Me – “I have nothing to say.”

Second example:

  • Cop – “Would you mind answering some questions?”
  • Me – “I have nothing to say.”

Third example:

  • Cop – “We’ve been sitting in this interrogation room for ten hours. I’m making $60 per hour in overtime. I can sit here for another twenty, at that rate. Are you sure you don’t want to say anything?”
  • Me – “I have nothing to say.”

If you’re going to tell a cop anything other than “I have nothing to say,” it should be “. . . without an attorney present.”

It doesn’t matter if you’re innocent of wrongdoing, will say nothing but the truth (even by accident), and were 1000 miles away from the scene of the crime — saying something can get you convicted. It doesn’t matter if you use the word “hypothetically” all the time, either. It really doesn’t matter if something is said to be “off the record” (there’s no such thing according to the cop in the video). Just don’t do it.

Remember, Martha Stewart wasn’t convicted of wrongdoing — she was convicted of saying something that sounded like a lie in a court of law. Remember, if you say something and a police officer misremembers it later, it’s your word against his — and jurors are more likely to believe a cop. Just don’t tell them anything.

It’s a lesson I’ll take to heart.

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