[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

Richard Fontana rfontana at redhat.com
Fri Feb 17 21:56:14 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 02:34:14PM -0600, Christopher Webber wrote:
> By this email we (Creative Commons) are formally submitting CC0 for
> approval on the OSI license list.  
> Speaking personally, I believe that simplifying the "public domain
> tool with fallback license" space is a good thing, and would be useful
> for FOSS generally.  Conversely, I think CC0 on OSI's license list
> would be useful in that many code hosting platforms look to OSI's list
> when determining whether or not to list a license as an option... and
> I think it would be great if CC0 were listed more often in such places!

Hi Chris,

I was wondering if Creative Commons can comment on one provision in

  No trademark or patent rights held by Affirmer are waived,
  abandoned, surrendered, licensed or otherwise affected by this

I am not sure whether there is precedent for an OSI-approved license
(at least, one that is, today, widely used) that explicitly reserves
all patent rights. Many licenses are silent on the issue, while
several relatively modern licenses include patent license grants of
certain sorts.

I'm not suggesting that CC0 does not meet the OSI definition, but I
believe this issue should be considered before OSI proceeds to
approval of CC0.


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