License Committee report - regarding NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1

Brian Behlendorf brian at
Wed Feb 18 16:56:16 UTC 2004

On Wed, 18 Feb 2004, Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. wrote:
> Regarding the issue concerning whether NASA may license software it cannot
> copyright in the U.S., the answer is yes, notwithstanding that significant
> harm to the conception of public domain for digital works is likely to
> follow.

And if there's anything actually useful in what they release, they should
expect U.S. developers to acquire under PD, derive, and sublicense,
thereby avoiding the NOSA requirements altogether.  But sure, go ahead and
approve it.


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