[License-review] Request for consultation with CC on patent issue

Richard Fontana rfontana at redhat.com
Mon Feb 20 14:57:37 UTC 2012

On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 11:04:13PM -0800, Bruce Perens wrote:
> Karl,
> Fontana and I appear to be agreed that CC should be asked to add language to
> CC0: an explicit permission to make use of patent claims necessary to use the
> software in the form that was dedicated or licensed. This should apply to both
> public domain, and the fallback license.

I don't think this is the only possible good solution, and there may
be simpler ones, but it is one that CC may wish to consider.

I also agree with what Henrik and Mark have essentially said, that an
explanation of the purpose and intended effect of the 4a language from
CC would be helpful.

- Richard

> Others on the list are sufficiently concerned with the problem, as evidenced by
> the current discussion.
> At this point, I think you should ask CC to work on that. I don't see why
> they'd be unwilling to add text clarifying the issue. Consideration of CC0
> could then continue without the problem.
> Granting approval before CC has at least been given an opportunity to make this
> clearer would be a disservice to developers.
>     Thanks
>     Bruce

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