[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Sat Feb 18 04:53:51 UTC 2012

Russ Nelson scripsit:

>> For example, they don't say that authors have to ship the source
>> code EVER!

Quite so.  Nothing stops you from distributing a pile of bits and
attaching the BSD license to it; for example, you could ship a bitmap
image with the BSD license, allowing people to modify and redistribute
it using bitmap editors.

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> This is because the OSD is not for the certification of software as
> Open Source, but for the certification of the set of licenses attached
> to that software as Open Source licenses.

Well, with the exception of OSD #2, which *is* a constraint on software.
For software to be open source, it must be licensed under an open-source
license that satisfies #1 and #3-#10, and the software must be provided
in conformity with #2.  Those are independent criteria.

In the case of the bitmap (assuming you didn't develop the image *as*
a bitmap in the first place, in which case the bitmap is the source),
the license is open source but the bitmap is not, because of #2.

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