OSI certification mark and BSD licence

Lawrence E. Rosen lrosen at rosenlaw.com
Tue Oct 22 16:07:41 UTC 2002

> The question is not well-formed, because it is not software 
> but licenses that are certified.  

Acuatlly, John, it is exactly the opposite.  Licenses are approved,
software is certified if it is distributed under an approved license.
Trademark law does not allow a trademark on a license, because it is
neither goods nor services. 

I acknowledge the problem presented by Francis Hunt's question.  That is
one reason the Academic Free License, that is intended to replace the
BSD license, contains an explicit statement of the requirement to
publish source code.  


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