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

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Mon Feb 27 15:06:34 UTC 2012

Tzeng, Nigel H. scripsit:

> These needs are largely (completely?) met with ECL v 2.0, which is an
> approved OSI license.  When a research university wishes to release
> code to the community it needs only make sure that granting any
> patents held by the actual contributors is not in conflict with any
> existing grants.

>From what I understand, that's precisely what they could not do, due to a
lack of records.  Indeed, they might well have licensed the same patent
exclusively to more than one licensee, for all they knew.  Hence the
desire for a license that at least would not make a bad situation worse.

It was during this discussion that we heard that the MIT license was not
intended to operate as a patent license.  No surprise, given the above.
"He who sells what isn't his'n / Must buy it back or go to prison."

> The idea that the offices of tech transfer of large research
> universities might attempt to lay patent mines is, well, interesting.

"Never attribute to conspiracy what can be accounted for by mere stupidity."

I feel epigrammatic this morning, apparently.

John Cowan      cowan at ccil.org        http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
        Is it not written, "That which is written, is written"?

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