[License-discuss] Views on React licensing?
fontana at opensource.org
Tue Dec 13 17:07:52 UTC 2016
On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 04:17:03PM +0000, Tzeng, Nigel H. wrote:
> With or without OSI approval CC0 appears to be an accepted open source
> license to the US Government.
> "We understand OSI's reservations (which relate to the lack of
> explicit patent language), but are comfortable with our assessment
> that CC0 meets the definition of open source. There are other
> standard open source licenses which also do not explicitly address
The concern that some on license-review had about CC0 was not about
lack of explicit patent language (which is characteristic of many
OSI-approved licenses) but rather the explicit statement: "No
trademark or patent rights held by Affirmer are waived, abandoned,
surrendered, licensed or otherwise affected by this document." (I
don't think anyone raised any concerns about the trademark side of
> Creative Commons recommends that CC0 be used with a patent grant for
> Code.gov which the government folks at 18F are considering.
> "Patents are a thing, and Creative Commons' comment on the White House
> source code policy
> <https://github.com/WhiteHouse/source-code-policy/issues/149>recommends an
> explicit patent disclaimer, something we're considering at 18F.²
If the US government standardizes on some particular explicit patent
language to use with CC0 I would welcome OSI review of that.
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