[License-review] CC withdrawl of CC0 from OSI process

Clark C. Evans cce at clarkevans.com
Sat Feb 25 13:45:18 UTC 2012

On Sat, Feb 25, 2012, at 01:38 PM, Simon Phipps wrote:
| I completely agree. Given the license appears to be OSD
| compatible to most eyes, and that the cases where it's argued
| it's not appear to be outside the scope of all OSI decisions
| to date, I would rather see CC0 as it stands now approved so
| that OSI's list includes a public domain dedication.

In this case, the OSI should also approve a MIT derivative
with an additional term that says that patents are explicitly
*excluded* from the grant.   Christopher said the patent
exclusion in the CC0 was deliberate because those who would
use the CC0 *have* patents relevant to the material being 
released under the CC0 and do not wish to also grant them.

The OSI should instead focus on a 10-15 line "MIT" style 
copyright *and* patent public domain dedication and approve
this.  The FSF would approve it and recommend it over the
CC0 I'm quite sure.  If it is short & sweet, it'll spread 
very rapidly by those who are truly making a gift.  



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