Subject: Re: BSD-like licenses and the OSI approval process
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:09:04 -0400

Lawrence Rosen scripsit:

> What is there about the collection that I would need to assert? I'm using
> AFL 3.0 because I intend to give my collection away to the public, while
> only protecting myself from fools and villains who want to sue me for doing
> good deeds.

I'm not sure what's going on here.  Are you going to place the collection under
the AFL3?  If so, is there really anything copyrightable about the collection?
Or are you going to place the individual items in the collection under the AFL3?
If so, how do you do that without first making derivative works of them?

The last is the essential question we've been dealing with here: can you
take a work under a permissive license and issue a copy of it under some
other license?  Not a derivative, not a collection, but a plain copy.
I think not.

John Cowan
Please leave your values                Check your assumptions.  In fact,
   at the front desk.                      check your assumptions at the door.
     --sign in Paris hotel                   --Cordelia Vorkosigan