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

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Fri Mar 9 16:40:54 UTC 2012

Russ Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> writes:
>I don't think this committee has the necessary guidance to come to one
>opinion about patent waviers on open source licenses. I suggest that
>we ask the board to constitute a new committee which will formulate an
>OSI patent wavier policy.  (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?)
>In fact, I think that's the right thing to do, so I'm going to ask
>Karl to bring that suggestion to the board. Anybody who disagrees
>should make their own proposition to Karl. I'd appreciate a CC on that
>otherwise-private email.

Thanks. I've raised the patent issue with the board, though without
prejudging the question of whether a new committee is the right answer
(it's not a bad idea, of course).

But please note that the board is focused on the upcoming director
elections right now, which require even more attention than in the past
because it's the first time the new Affiliate orgs are involved, so my
guess is there won't be action on patent policy until after that.


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