License Committee report
ben at reser.org
Sun Feb 22 04:03:57 UTC 2004
On Tue, Feb 17, 2004 at 08:20:49PM -0500, Russell Nelson wrote:
> There is much discussion spent deciding whether NASA can copyright
> software at all. The license itself says that no copyright is claimed
> in the United States.
> The only serious concern that I can see is that the license requires
> the recipient to indemnify the Government of the United States against
> third party lawsuits.
I disagree. I raised two potentially problems that I saw with the
license where it had vageness issues that could cause it to not meet the
I think the mere aggregation problem I raised is probably the clearest
of the issues.
I don't think either of these issues are by intent. I think they're on
accident and some minor modifications could fix them.
> Title: NASA Open Source Agreement Version 1.1
> Submission: http://crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?3:mss:7698:200402:jfdgbalgdhgblndpmljm
> License: http://www.nas.nasa.gov/Research/Software/Open-Source/NASA_Open_Source_Agreement_1.1.txt
> Comments: ongoing as of this writing.
> Recommend: more discussion.
Ben Reser <ben at reser.org>
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- H.L. Mencken
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