[License-review] OSI, legal conditions outside the "four corners" of the license, and PD/CC 0 [was Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?]

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Mon Jan 2 21:58:32 UTC 2012

Luis Villa dixit:

>OSI should be in the business of evaluating specific licenses

On this, I think we all can agree, based on the history of OSI.

>As a result, OSI should evaluate and accept at least one PD license

There is no PD licence. Either it’s Public Domain and thus needs
no licence, or it’s under Copyright protection and thus needs a
copyright licence to be dealt with.

As PD dedications are (independent on whether they are problematic)
no licences, OSI has absolutely no business related to them.

I believe no one can invent an algorithm. One just happens to hit upon it
when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
If you don't believe in God, just consider God as Nature if you won't deny
existence.		-- Coywolf Qi Hunt

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