[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

Mark Wielaard mark at klomp.org
Sat Feb 18 16:38:23 UTC 2012

On Sat, February 18, 2012 00:03, Richard Fontana wrote:
> OK. I would just like the OSI to confirm that this provision of the
> Open Source Definition
>   7. Distribution of License
>   The rights attached to the program must apply to all to whom the
>   program is redistributed without the need for execution of an
>   additional license by those parties.
>   Rationale: This clause is intended to forbid closing up software by
>   indirect means such as requiring a non-disclosure agreement.
> is not in conflict with the provision of CC0 I quoted.

You quote only clause 4 which says you don't get a explicit license,
which on its own seems in conflict with definition 7 indeed. But I
think that is mood since clause 2 and 3 clearly do say that the affirmer
will take no legal action with respect to the work contrary to the
affirmer's express Statement of Purpose, which include use of the work
by the public without fear of later claims of infringement. So no
additional license is needed.



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