Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 18:18:42 -0400

Andy Brooks scripsit:

> I'm just curious... wouldn't that hypothetical act by the United States
> government violate national treatment? National treatment is required of
> Berne countries.

National treatment only means that foreign creators get the same copyright
protection as native ones.  It does not mean that a privilege extended
to natives (in this case the privilege of using U.S. government works
freely) must be extended to all foreigners.


Here lies the Christian,                        John Cowan
        judge, and poet Peter,        
Who broke the laws of God             
        and man and metre.