Licensing policy change proposal

Mirko Boehm mirko at kde.org
Sun Jan 27 20:14:10 GMT 2019


Hello,

> On 27. Jan 2019, at 19:39, Ivan Čukić <ivan.cukic at kde.org> wrote:
> 
> Since all of these mostly boil down to CC0, I'll only comment on it.
> 
>>> https://spdx.org/licenses/CC0-1.0.html <https://spdx.org/licenses/CC0-1.0.html>
>> 
>> CC0 should be uncontroversial, it should be definitely allowed by our
>> license policy.
> 
> If I'm not mistaken, none of the licenses we allow at the moment is a "public 
> domain"-like license - in the sense that the author information is not 
> preserved.
> 
> I'm generally leaning against licenses like these - even if authors (of code, 
> of art, etc.) allow us to forget them, I like giving credit where credit's 
> due.


I need to point out that CC0 licenses are problematic in many jurisdictions, as there is no simple way to dedicate a work to the public domain. The correct way in for example France or Germany would be to use a permissive FOSS license. Let us avoid the mine field of public domain.

Best,

Mirko.
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