[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?]

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Jan 3 00:54:28 UTC 2012

See the mailing-list dialogue when I submitted the Google WebM license 
instead of waiting for Google to do so. The decision was to wait for 
Google rather than allow me to force the issue. However, Google did 
respond positively, allowing me to work with their attorney until I felt 
the license was acceptable.

We can't expect everyone to respond at all, and IMO it's within OSI's 
purview to say, clearly, that something is /not /an Open Source license 
and thus inform their community that it's not acceptable. This doesn't 
have to be the same process as reviewing a license for acceptance.


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