Is it possible to commit a "copyright suicide", for example to show disagreement with the system, by publishing a waiver (such as CC0, digitally signed to confirm it was really me who published it) stating that it applies to all past and future works one creates?

  • I am not sure that copyright is not something that can be waived. By putting something in CC0 you are RELYING on copyright to allow them to be freely used. If you waived the copyright you would not be able to use CC0, which relies on your copyright to give it force.
    – davidgo
    Commented Jan 16, 2019 at 4:47
  • Copyright can be waived in some countries -- CC0 is actually not a license, but a waiver, you can look it up. It does contain a fallback license in case it is not possible to waive the rights under some jurisdictions, but the primary intent is to give up the rights.
    – user23723
    Commented Jan 17, 2019 at 19:59

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You can certainly release any or all of your existing copyrights under a CC0 or similar license which allows anyone to treat them as essentially public domain works. You could publish a statement of intent to do the same with future works. But I don't think that such a statement would be binding on your future actions, nor that another person could rely on it with assurance as regards works not yet created as of the time of the statement. I think you would need to release each work in turn as you create it to have this effect.

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