Subject: Re: Can OSI specify that public domain is open source?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 19:51:38 -0400

Thorsten Glaser scripsit:

> Hm, so translating into another language is enough? (That is not a big
> problem in the IT realm…)

I was thinking of translation by hand from and into a natural language,
which always involves creativity.  Google Translate would probably not
cut it, nor would a "mechanical" translation of a program whether done
by another program or by a person acting purely according to mechanical

But now we are deep in the weeds even for license-discuss: we are no
longer discussing licenses, but ways to get around the lack of a license
in obscure and unlikely circumstances.  So I'm done with this thread.

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it? Is the bust of Sir Philip Crampton lyrical,
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at a block of wood make there an image of a cow,
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