[License-review] veto against Unlicence

Christopher Sean Morrison brlcad at mac.com
Fri May 15 15:14:52 UTC 2020

> Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 14:27:28 +0100
> From: Simon Phipps <simon at webmink.com>
> To: License submissions for OSI review
> 	<license-review at lists.opensource.org>
> Subject: Re: [License-review] veto against Unlicence
> On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:34 PM Langley, Stuart <Stuart.Langley at disney.com>
> wrote:
> OSI has previously advised that "public domain" does not qualify as open
> source because exactly this sort of issue, varying in scope and consequence
> globally, prevents developers from being sure they have the necessary
> rights without consulting another person first. See
> https://opensource.org/node/878 <https://opensource.org/node/878>

Worth reminding that OSI simultaneously advises the opposite as well, see https://opensource.org/faq#public-domain <https://opensource.org/faq#public-domain>

As the FAQ states, it's complicated and depends, particularly for Gov’t works.


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