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

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Mar 12 16:04:20 UTC 2012

Tzeng, Nigel H. scripsit:

> It doesn't matter.  My assertion is that simply folks that judge any
> patent risk as too high will simply avoid the use of any software
> that does not provide an explicit patent grant.  

Actually, such people will rationally avoid the use of all software
except what is sold to them by a deep-pocketed company that promises to
indemnify them against patent claims.  They will certainly not develop
their own software, so they won't care if it's open source or not.

You don't satisfy such worrywarts by pointing out the difference between
licenses that deal with 1% of the problem and those that deal with none of it.

John Cowan  cowan at ccil.org  http://ccil.org/~cowan
If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing
on my shoulders.
        --Hal Abelson

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