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I came across this license:

/**
 * The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of
 * a legal notice, here is a blessing:
 *
 * May you do good and not evil.
 * May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others.
 * May you share freely, never taking more than you give.
 */

Would this have the same legal bearing as the WTFPL license?

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Also depends on jurisdiction. there's the saying: "Programming is like sex. Make one little mistake and support it for the rest of your life." In some jurisdictions, copyright cannot be disclaimed. –  Chris Travers Mar 8 '13 at 4:19
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Why the downvote? –  dan-klasson Mar 8 '13 at 4:26
    
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up vote 6 down vote accepted

Disclaiming copyright is the same as placing it in the public domain, and means there is no copyright, so there are no restrictions whatsoever. Technically, disclaiming copyright isn't a license, since a license states the terms under which you may make copies legally.

They are not the same, but there would be little practical difference in some jurisdictions.

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IANAL but AFAIK in some legal jurisdictions you can't disclaim copyright. There's effectively no such thing as "the public domain" –  MarkJ Mar 8 '13 at 14:18
    
Read the licence again. There is no restriction. –  Sam Hocevar Mar 8 '13 at 20:08
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