The NASA license may be unconstitutional? Re: For Approval: NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1

Richard Schilling rschi at
Fri Feb 13 07:46:35 UTC 2004

On 2004.02.12 20:05 Andy Tai wrote:
> The NASA license as proposed may be against the law in
> many locations.  For example, in Taiwan the
> Constitution of the Republic of China is the supreme
> law of the land.  The NASA license demands that it is
> governed by US Federal Law, which conflicts with the
> ROC's sovereignty and copyright laws and this
> requirement is unconstitutional.

These are serious issuees with respect to international licensing, but 
I doubt the NASA license is unconsitiutional in the US.  Perhaps in 
other countries, but most likely not here :-)

Licenses always must be specific to the country in which they are used 
for them to be effective.

The World Trade Organization provides a common framework for licensing 
and Intellectual Property standards.  Since China is a member of the 
WTO it should help address these types of international differences.

Richard Schilling

> The same probably is true for most locations outside
> the US.
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