OSI enforcement?

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Sat Jan 12 03:39:12 UTC 2008

Rick Moen [mailto:rick at linuxmafia.com]
> Maybe, maybe not.  Jurisdiction probably makes a great deal of
> difference.  Even in the USA, at bare minimum, works produced directly
> by the Federal government go immediately into the public domain.

Yes, but the US government keeps a trustable archive of what he does. Same
thing for a professor working in an university, whose local repository is
considered trustable.

The important thing is that the work is first signed and gets a reliable
trace in a trustable (and trusted) repository BEFORE it even gets into the
public domain. The work is not anonymous, and already has effectively the
equivalent information attached to a copyright notice line, and the place
where this information can be found is not difficult to find, and consulting
it is open to the public that can verify there that the record is valid.

On the opposite, an "Internet Archive" is not reliable at all, as it cannot
assert the effective source and cannot date the effective creation of the
work and can't indicate any date of first publication, or if the publication
was effectively authorized by its effective author.

Bernstein does not publish everything directly to the web or other
unreliable networks. He produces works, papers, and makes sure that the work
is archived and seen by people that can attest of the existence of the work
(including for financing it) before publishing it to the world.

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