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

Karl Fogel kfogel at red-bean.com
Fri Mar 9 17:37:54 UTC 2012

John Cowan <cowan at mercury.ccil.org> writes:
>I sat on the committee that came up with OSI's current classifications.
>Its original remit was to evaluate licenses into best/okay/bad, but no
>one except me was willing to actually say that a license was bad or that
>people shouldn't use it, so we wound up with the existing, basically
>fact-based classification scheme.  And we took plenty of time just to
>get to that, so it wasn't a matter of time.
>I believe I was the only non-lawyer on that committee, except for ESR
>who wasn't able to attend most of the meetings.

I'm referring to OSI's willingness today, not in the past :-).

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