Steve Winslow

Thanks for flagging this, Till. I've added an issue in the license-list-XML repo to track this at

I don't know the history of this one myself, but it looks like that language had been omitted prior to when the license list was first brought into source control (see I expect it should be added into the ANTLR-PD markup for the reasons you mentioned.


On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 5:33 AM Till Jaeger via <> wrote:
Hello list,

I just found out that there is a deviation from to the linked text from which contains the following language:

"In countries where the Public Domain status of the work may not be valid,
the author grants a copyright licence to the general public to deal in the
work without restriction and permission to sublicence derivates under the
terms of any (OSI approved) Open Source licence."

From the perspective from EU law this is an extremely important part since
it makes clear that a unrestricted license is intended if PD does not work.
This avoids (always disputable) interpretation of the PD text.

Is there any reason for the omission? Could the text be added?

Best regards,


Dr. Till Jaeger
Certified Copyright and Media Law Attorney

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Steve Winslow
Director of Strategic Programs
The Linux Foundation

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