[License-review] avoid gray areas?
nelson at crynwr.com
Sat Mar 3 04:30:25 UTC 2012
Chad Perrin writes:
> On Fri, Mar 02, 2012 at 09:03:34AM -0800, Josh Berkus wrote:
> > Russ,
> > >> By Bruce's own logic, we should be telling people to avoid gray areas.
> > >> Thus, if Bruce is
> > >> correct, we should deprecate the BSD and many other licenses.
> > I don't buy this argument at all. There's a world of difference
> > between a license which does not address patents at all, and one which
> > specifically excludes any grant of patent rights.
> I don't think these two statements are really very closely linked.
> 1. "Bruce [is] telling people to avoid gray areas."
> 2. "[A very black-and-white issue applies to CC0.]"
You are correct. They are not linked at all. You need a third
statement to link them.
3. The BSD, MIT, and many other licenses have gray areas because they
don't come with patent grants.
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