Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: Karl Fogel <>
Date: Wed, 07 Sep 2011 15:04:30 -0400

Tom Callaway <> writes:
>For what it is worth, I wish you would not do so. Public Domain across
>international lines is incredibly complicated and painful enough,
>putting it on the OSI pages will amount to a sort of endorsement of it,
>when this will simply create more heartburn when individuals in
>countries who cannot legally abandon their copyright attempt to do so.
>If you must endorse something similar, consider explicitly stating that
>individuals interested in putting a work into the public domain should
>instead consider the Creative Commons Zero license, as that accomplishes
>the same end result without the legal and international complications.

As I just mentioned in another reply, this will keep coming up for
U.S. government works unless we answer it.

PD may be complicated, but so are licenses.  We still need to describe
the situation accurately.