[License-review] [License-discuss] CC0 incompliant with OSD on patents, [was: MXM compared to CC0 ]

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Fri Mar 9 01:48:32 UTC 2012

On 03/08/2012 04:49 PM, Lawrence Rosen wrote:
> We can spend a large amount of time discussing the legal effects of a public domain copyright dedication.
The people who are making decisions are not attorneys, nor are those 
like me who are attempting to influence the process. Those folks 
sometimes need backgrounders on the law. We also have the participation 
of a number of people with interest in the law who aren't actually 
licensed to opine. Some of them quite good, and some who will be 
effective sources of misinformation if they go unchallenged.

On topics that attorneys aren't agreed upon, of which there seem to be a 
good many, we need to hear sufficient argument to make our own decision.
> Should we approve the widely-admired CC0 license
/CC/ is widely admired. The license alone does not have the same degree 
of admiration.
> Can we please decide this without doing a legal and business analysis of the glorious copyright public domain and the frightening world of patents?
I don't see that we'd be effectively serving our community if we're 
bypassing this. However, I do believe that we can go through the process 
without having to address in great detail every one of Alexander's 
misconceptions regarding legal topics - and I'm sorry, but I am seeing a 
good many of them. Perhaps, Larry, you could establish a background 
dialogue with Alexander so that the rest of us are spared.


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