[License-discuss] Government licenses

Henrik Ingo henrik.ingo at avoinelama.fi
Tue Jun 4 12:45:35 UTC 2019

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 3:20 PM John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 4:13 AM Henrik Ingo <henrik.ingo at avoinelama.fi> wrote:
>> > As noted in the preceding link, prevailing view and treatment is that there is full copyright protection in some jurisdictions.
>> Clearly it is not *prevailing* in this community.
> No one has polled us, so no one knows if it is actually prevailing or not.   Mailing-list etiquette is generally against +1s: the Gricean maxim is "If you can't say something critical, don't say anything at all."  I for one accept the claim that copyright protection is not, in general, waived in non-US jurisdictions, and follows the law of that jurisdiction.  (Canada for one makes it clear that U.S. government works are copyright in Canada

Since this has been used as a reason to oppose and reject a license
where the government asserted the opposite, it seems that either the
open source community prevailing view is to disagree with the US
Government on this point, or the OSI failed to accurately represent
the prevailing view. Absent evidence to the contrary, we should assume
its the first alternative.

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