[License-review] CC0 incompliant with OSD on patents

Thorsten Glaser tg at mirbsd.de
Thu Mar 8 13:36:47 UTC 2012

Russ Nelson dixit:

>(I think we're ALL agreed that patents
>which are not freely licensed -- at least for open source software --
>are not compatible with open source software, right?)


If I write something (and I don’t hold any patents), sitting in
Europe, and give that to you in America under an Open Source
licence, the existence of a patent on this in, say, Korea should
not make this piece of software not open source.

Please keep OSI approval of (Open Source software) licences
and patent policies separate from each other. The patent
situation is a whole different boat and deliberately vague
(see Debian’s new patent policy). If I can only publish
software where I _know_ there are no patents on, I’d rather
ignore the OSI… and my guess is most would.

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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