[License-review] Approval Status of MIT-0

Steve Winslow swinslow at linuxfoundation.org
Thu Dec 26 16:33:55 UTC 2019

Hi Akhil and Pam,

If OSI hasn't approved MIT-0, my guess is that this notation on the SPDX
list may have been inadvertent, by copying from the vanilla MIT template
[1] when MIT-0 [2] was added to the SPDX license list.

I see also that the original SPDX submission for MIT-0 [3] noted that OSI
had not approved it, so I'm guessing this is what happened.

I've submitted [4] to make sure we address this for the 3.8 license list
release. Thanks for flagging this!


[1] https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/blob/master/src/MIT.xml
[2] https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/blob/master/src/MIT-0.xml
[3] https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/issues/619
[4] https://github.com/spdx/license-list-XML/issues/957

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019 at 8:31 AM Pamela Chestek <
pamela.chestek at opensource.org> wrote:

> While the archives aren't great, I did a lot of searching and couldn't
> find anyplace that the OSI had approved the MIT-Zero license. I'm not sure
> where SPDX got the information. Perhaps others on the list might recall it
> being discussed or approved.
> Pam
> Pamela Chestek
> Chair, License Review committee
> Open Source Initiative
> On 12/26/2019 3:34 AM, Akhil Indurti wrote:
> MIT-0 (alternatively worded "MIT-Zero" or "MIT No Attribution") is a
> permissive CC0-like license for software. On https://spdx.org/licenses/,
> the license is listed as "OSI-approved", however after searching through
> the license-review mailing list, I have found no mention or record of this
> license. Additionally, there is no URL corresponding to this license on
> https://opensource.org/, which furthers my uncertainty. Could someone
> clarify the approval status, if any, of MIT-0?
> Thank You and Happy Holidays,
> Akhil Indurti
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Steve Winslow
Director of Strategic Programs
The Linux Foundation
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