[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Mon Feb 20 01:08:04 UTC 2012

Richard Fontana writes:
 > The thread may be viewed at:
 > http://www.crynwr.com/cgi-bin/ezmlm-cgi?17:iis:770:201002 ("For
 > Approval: MXM Public License", with some offshoot threads)

Thanks for pointing that out, Richard. I think we dropped the ball
with that license approval. It would have been a *good* thing to have
a freely copyable implementation of patented software. People who are
not subject to software patents could have used and improved the
implementation, and we let them down.

And Carl is right ... our policy should be reflected in the OSD rather
than being something you find out only when you submit your license
for approval.

Patent licensing is a complicated topic which deserves its own
committee. Am pretty sure that tying a patent license to a public
domain declaration is not a good solution. Nor is holding up approval
of this license waiting for that committee a good idea.

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