[License-review] OSI recognition for Creative Commons Zero License?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Feb 2 20:51:01 UTC 2012

Quoting Carl Boettiger (cboettig at gmail.com):

> I would like to submit the Creative Commons zero license for
> consideration.  I am new to this list, forgive me if it has already been
> considered.

A number of times, actually, most recently last month.

What practical problem do you consider this licence (in truth, a professed 
public domain declaration with a failsafe fallback to a simple
permissive licence) to solve that is not already solved by MIT License
or Fair License?

> The scientific community is increasingly embracing this option as the most
> open and compatible license.  It is required by scientific data
> repositories (that also archive scientific software, with cite-able DOIs)
> such as Dryad <http://datadryad.org/depositing#whycc0>.

Dryad's requirement of CCO is declared on that page to apply to
submitted data files, not to associated 'software scripts and other
files important to the article' submitted with them.

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