[License-discuss] Can OSI take stance that U.S. public domain is open source?

Simon Phipps simon at webmink.com
Sun May 4 23:04:51 UTC 2014

On Sat, May 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM, John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> wrote:
> I continue to think that our CC0 decision was wrong insofar as it can
> be read as saying that the CC0 license is not an open-source (as opposed
> to OSI Certified) license.  There may be reasons not to certify it,
> but not to deny that it is open source.

We did not decide against CC0. The discussion was certainly at a low point
when Creative Commons withdrew it from the approval process, but that's
what happened, not an OSI denial. Had they persisted, I believe OSI would
have needed to face the issue of how licenses treat patents.

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