[License-review] Approval Status of MIT-0

McCoy Smith mccoy at lexpan.law
Thu Dec 26 17:14:56 UTC 2019

FWIW, this seems to be the author/steward of this license: https://romanrm.net/mit-zero  She/he isn’t claiming it’s OSI-approved.  

There are some other places where that claim is being made though (probably under the logic that if “MIT” is approved, all variants must be).

The license looks like it was created in July 2010, the approval archives go back to 2007, so if it was submitted, it should be in those archives.


From: License-review <license-review-bounces at lists.opensource.org> On Behalf Of Pamela Chestek
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:31 AM
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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.


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? 


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