Subject: RE: Why "open-source" means "free to distribute"?
From: Alex Rousskov <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 09:20:30 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 6 May 2004, Lawrence Rosen wrote:

> If those licenses are not approved by OSI, they may not use our
> certification mark. We don't care what they "look like."

Does OSI approve the text of the license, the title of the license, or
a combination of the text and the title?

Where does it say that "OSI certified" mark cannot be used with a BSD
license text titled "Foo Open License v1.2"?

Does "OSI certified" mark usage terms allow placing the mark on a site
that distributes open and not open software?


P.S. Don't get me wrong: I am not advocating such a sneaky practice.
     I am just trying to understand whether OSI certification is
     designed to be robust against such attempts to dilute the
     value of the trademark.
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