Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: Thorsten Glaser <>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:09:57 +0000 (UTC)

Rick Moen <rick <at>> writes:

> [1] Note that even VistA isn't necessarily public domain in other
> countries outside the USA. 

What’s it then? (Assuming it’s big enough to actually warrant
protection under copyright law, which this one seems to be.)

If some (non-government) US American were to take VistA, change some
amount of work in it, then publish the result… with his changes under
say the BSD licence… what’s it then, to us non-Americans?

This is amazing. In the end, could this mean that, for example,
Colin Plumb’s MD5 implementation, SQLite, and things like that
are lost as non-redistributable to e.g. Europeans?

Wow. Can of worms. Wow.

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when God enlightens him. Or only God invents algorithms, we merely copy them.
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