[License-discuss] I've been asked to license my open source project CC0
Tzeng, Nigel H.
Nigel.Tzeng at jhuapl.edu
Tue Nov 7 18:38:48 UTC 2017
CC0 is accepted as open source by the federal government in the Federal Source Code Policy.
From: License-discuss <license-discuss-bounces at opensource.org> on behalf of Christopher Sean Morrison <brlcad at mac.com>
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Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 1:33 PM
To: License Discuss <license-discuss at opensource.org>
Subject: Re: [License-discuss] I've been asked to license my open source project CC0
On Nov 7, 2017, at 12:09 PM, Shahar Or <mightyiampresence at gmail.com<mailto:mightyiampresence at gmail.com>> wrote:
I have been asked to change the license of an open source project of mine to CC0. I'm reluctant to do so, as it is not OSI approved.
That’s a reasonable concern, imho.
Is there good reason for this request, at all?
There’s no technical reason. Not permitting incorporation of permissively licensed code (eg MIT) predominantly means throwing away attribution.
I mean, can they not otherwise depend on my software, if their software is CC0 licensed?
If your code used a license that applied to combined works (eg GPL), there’d be an issue.
When I conveyed my reluctance it was suggested that I dual-license.
With CC0, I would suggest striking the patent provision or incorporating a patent grant from contributors in some manner. Dual licensing with a permissive is an option too.
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