[License-review] Submitting CC0 for OSI approval

Bruce Perens bruce at perens.com
Tue Feb 21 20:07:05 UTC 2012

On 02/20/2012 08:54 PM, Russ Nelson wrote:
> Richard Fontana writes:
>   >  appears that CC0 did not originally contemplate application to
>   >  software when it was introduced.
> Then why does it address patents? What cultural works get patented other than software?
My colleagues at Pixar and its predecessor laboratory were called as 
prior-art witness in two lawsuits regarding technological means of 
producing fine art. We won the 1996 suit defending Adobe Photoshop, and 
essentially killed the patent. But we lost the earlier suit defending 
Spaceward Graphics and their "Matisse" system, and that company was 

Consider the sort of artwork that has a CC license assigned to it. It's 
often technologically innovative. Many examples include embedded 
computer systems. Arduino, after all, was made for /artists. /Sure, 
these works can be infringing of process, machine, and formulation patents.


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