[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

Richard Fontana rfontana at redhat.com
Sat Feb 18 21:30:34 UTC 2012

On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 05:17:10PM -0600, Christopher Allan Webber wrote:

> If I remember correctly, you said something about running into something
> at RedHat where explicitly stating that CC0 stating that it did nothing
> about patents was worse than if it had simply not mentioned them.  

Actually, no, no such particular issue has arisen at Red Hat.

I've encouraged use of CC0 by Red Hat developers for certain things
(such as sample code or other kinds of relatively small pieces of
code), and I've found it an ingeniously useful legal instrument for
certain other things involving software (I've also used it for
nonsoftware content). Dents where I profess love for CC0 may have
vanished, but I believe my voice can be heard saying "I love CC0!" in
the faif.us episode providing a recording of Karen Sandler and Aaron
Williamson's 2011 OSCON talk. :-)

- Richard

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