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Subject: Re: Adding CC-0 to OASIS Open Projects

I have to agree with Josh here.  Here is a document I found on pros and cons of CC.




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Nithya A. Ruff

Head, Comcast Open Source Program Office

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From: <op-advisory-council@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of "Joshua R. Simmons" <oasis@joshsimmons.com>
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 4:58 PM
To: Carol Geyer <carol.geyer@oasis-open.org>, "op-advisory-council@lists.oasis-open.org" <op-advisory-council@lists.oasis-open.org>
Cc: Jamie Clark <jamie.clark@oasis-open.org>
Subject: Re: Adding CC-0 to OASIS Open Projects


Oh, this is a tricky one. CC-0 is, like public domain, not considered open source. The authors withdrew CC-0 from the OSI license review process before it could be approved.


Some details on that here: https://opensource.org/node/878


I highly recommend the OP work with the auditing firm to find an OSI approved license that their lawyers/HR people find to be an acceptable alternative to using CC-0.


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On Fri, Jan 31, 2020, at 22:31, Carol Geyer wrote:

One of our current Open Projects needs to set up a repo under the CC-0 license, which is not one of the seven OASIS currently supports. (The OP wants to accept a major technical contribution from a large auditing firm which has a conflict-of-interest policy that requires them to only contribute under CC-0.)


Before we recommend to the OASIS Board that CC-0 be added, we wanted to see if Advisory Council members have any thoughts--pro or con--on CC-0.


This is very time-sensitive, so please let us know as soon as possible if you have any views on this.


Many thanks,






Carol Geyer
Chief Development Officer

Open Source and Standards Communities





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