Subject: Re: For Approval: MindTree Public License
From: Ben Tilly <>
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 19:27:22 -0700

 Sat, 15 Oct 2005 19:27:22 -0700
On 10/15/05, Rick Moen <> wrote:
> Quoting Ben Tilly (
> > Can you actually DO that in a copyright license?
> You can demand it.  You cannot achieve it.

About what I expected. :-)

> > So while I strongly DISLIKE this license, and think that it SHOULD NOT
> > satisfy the OSD, I'm having some trouble proving to myself that it
> > doesn't.  (Hence my hope that someone will say that the IP assignment
> > provisions are legally unworkable.)
> OK.  Pardon the US-centrism, but, in accordance with 7 USC, section 201
> (d) (2), 204 (a), any transfer of exclusive rights in a copyrighted work
> must be in writing and signed by the owner of the rights.

Cool.  So the license fails #3 of the OSD because their theory on how
that right will be granted fails for many people, and that right isn't
granted in any other way.  (Maybe I should read it in detail before I
say that...)