For approval: MXM Public license

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at
Wed Apr 8 16:32:17 UTC 2009

On 04/08/2009 12:18 PM, John Cowan wrote:
> In a world of submarine patents, *all* programmers must be prudent
> about the risk of exercising the rights laid out in the OSD or anywhere
> else.  It is hardly possible to write code at all without stepping on
> some wrongly-decided patent.

While this is true, this is the first instance of a license that I've
ever seen where it is being specifically drafted to remove patent
protection, and intended for use only in a highly patented space (MPEG).

To give such a license OSI approval would only serve to encourage such
practices, rather than condemn them.

"Yes, this playground is full of hidden land mines. But it is
state-certified as handicapped accessible!"

Tom Callaway, Fedora Legal

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