IPL as a burden

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Tue Jan 23 20:33:29 UTC 2001

OSI Certified Open Source Software is software that is distributed under an
approved open source license.  So software that is "public domain" (to use
your term) is not certifiable.  This is not intended as a value judgment,
merely as a description of what our certification mark is used for.  /Larry

> -----Original Message-----
> From: kmself at ix.netcom.com [mailto:kmself at ix.netcom.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2001 11:36 AM
> To: license-discuss at opensource.org
> Subject: Re: IPL as a burden
> on Tue, Jan 23, 2001 at 11:15:52AM -0800, Lawrence E. Rosen
> (lrosen at rosenlaw.com) wrote:
> > > OSI Certified Open Source applies to _licenses_, not _software_.
> >
> > Actually, no, the certification mark is applied to *software* that is
> > distributed under approved *licenses*.  Certification marks cannot be
> > applied to licenses, because licenses aren't "goods" distributed in
> > commerce.
> OK.  Clarifying question:  the certified entity is the license and its
> terms.  So distribution under a doctrine of "public domain"
> (abandonment, etc.), leaves you without a basis for affixing this lable,
> no?  And, yes, I realize that PD is used here advisably.
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