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

Christopher Allan Webber cwebber at creativecommons.org
Tue Feb 21 22:08:18 UTC 2012

Sorry that it's taking so long, we just want to respond properly.  We're
paying close attention and are trying to draft a proper response.

It's a busy time as CC 4.0 initial drafting work is happening at this
very moment, and I think we didn't anticipate quite how complex this
conversation was going to get. :)

 - Chris

Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> writes:

> 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.
> 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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