[License-discuss] US Army Research Laboratory Open Source License proposal

Philippe Ombredanne pombredanne at nexb.com
Sun Jul 24 06:26:49 UTC 2016

On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 11:23 PM, Lawrence Rosen <lrosen at rosenlaw.com> wrote:
> It is true that this public domain result doesn't apply outside the U.S. But
> if you apply a valid open source license to it – such as Apache 2.0 – that
> should be good enough for everyone who doesn't live in the U.S. and
> irrelevant for us here.

Larry, are you suggesting that Cem considers using  some statement more
or less like this, rather than a new license?
    This U.S. Federal Government work is not copyrighted and dedicated
    to the public domain in the USA. Alternatively, the Apache-2.0
license applies
    outside of the USA ?

On Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 9:51 AM, Maarten Zeinstra <mz at kl.nl> wrote:
> Is that the correct interpretation of the Berne convention? The convention
> assigns copyright to foreigners of a signatory state with at least as strong
> protection as own nationals. Since US government does not attract copyright
> I am unsure if they can attract copyright in other jurisdictions.

Maarten, are you suggesting then that the lack of copyright for a U.S. Federal
Government work would just then apply elsewhere too and that using an
alternative Apache license would not even be needed?

Philippe Ombredanne

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