[License-review] For Approval: NASA Open Source Agreement 2.0

Geurts, Bryan A. (GSFC-1401) bryan.a.geurts at nasa.gov
Fri Jun 7 15:24:03 UTC 2013

Please accept for OSI review and approval the attached NASA Open Source Agreement 2.0 (NOSA 2.0) as a replacement for the existing NASA Open Source Agreement 1.3.

NASA proposes that NOSA 2.0 be placed in the license proliferation category of SPECIAL PURPOSE LICENSES.  It is designed to be used by US Government Agencies releasing original software to the public.

Accordingly, once NOSA 2.0 has been approved, NASA proposes that the current NOSA 1.3 be retired (with full government retirement benefits, such as they are).

This new version of the NOSA retains clauses unique to government licensing e.g. choice of law, disclaimer of warranties and treatment of civil servant contributors, and yet removes some of the more unsavory requirements of the earlier version, such as the requirement of contributors to warrant that they are the original authors of their contribution.

Please direct any questions about this submittal to me as License Steward for the NOSA 2.0 and 1.3.  Thank you for your consideration.

Bryan A. Geurts
Chief Patent Counsel
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 140.1, 8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Phone:  301-286-7352
Fax:  310-286-9502

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