[License-discuss] [Non-DoD Source] code.mil update

Christopher Sean Morrison brlcad at mac.com
Wed Mar 8 15:02:56 UTC 2017

> On Mar 8, 2017, at 9:32 AM, Karan, Cem F CIV USARMY RDECOM ARL (US) <cem.f.karan.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> You might want to re-read what they posted; the license applies only to those 
> portions of the code that have copyright attached, otherwise it's public 
> domain.  The trick is that while US Government (USG) works are ineligible for 
> copyright within the US, they may be eligible for copyright outside the US, 
> and in those areas the USG works are licensed under the OSI-approved license. 
> I'm not sure what it would mean for code that was moved across jurisdictions, 
> but I do understand and appreciate the intent of their approach.

They’ve slapped a copyright-based license file on the collective work with an INTENT file clarifying that it only applies to code that has copyright attached.  I read what they wrote very carefully.  We’re saying exactly the same thing.

It’s an interesting approach that is not new, just untested and a point of dispute in the past as to what might happen.


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