Marking books that relate to OSI Certifed software.

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at
Tue Mar 20 18:17:47 UTC 2001

The OSI certification mark applies to software.  It is appropriate in a book
that documents the software to say something like "X is OSI Certified Open
Source Software."  It is not appropriate to say that the book itself is
certified.  Hope this clarifies the correct usage.  /Larry

   > -----Original Message-----
   > From: James Macgill [mailto:j.macgill at]
   > Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 6:07 AM
   > To: license-discuss at
   > Subject: Marking books that relate to OSI Certifed software.
   > I am in the early stages of planning a book which will act as
   > a tutorial
   > and introduction to using an open source project which I head.
   > The aim is to keep the price of the book down as far as
   > possible so no CD
   > will actually accompany the book, instead readers will be
   > directed to the
   > projects web page to download the latest version.
   > The publisher is keen to stress the open source nature of the project,
   > though the book itself will not be open source.
   > Is it acceptable to place an OSI mark on the book cover
   > provided it is made
   > clear that it relates to the project which the book covers and
   > not the book
   > itself?
   > TIA
   > --
   > James Macgill
   > Center for Computational Geography
   > Spell Checker (c) Creative Spelling inc (aka my dyslexic brain)
   > an open source client side
   > java mapping toolkit.

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