For Approval: TVA Open Source License

John Cowan cowan at
Fri Sep 11 21:47:25 UTC 2009

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> It would be nice if your counsel could provide some explanation 
> regarding how your entity can 1) hold copyright at all and 2) still has 
> the problems of a government entity.

Works created by government *employees* are in the public domain; works
created by government *contractors* are not.  Furthermore, the TVA is
a semi-independent authority, not a mere agency like NASA, and there is
at least some question of whether the PD exception applies to it at all.

Let's face it: software is crap. Feature-laden and bloated, written under
tremendous time-pressure, often by incapable coders, using dangerous
languages and inadequate tools, trying to connect to heaps of broken or
obsolete protocols, implemented equally insufficiently, running on
unpredictable hardware -- we are all more than used to brokenness.
                   --Felix Winkelmann

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