Licensing policy change proposal

Luigi Toscano luigi.toscano at
Mon Jan 28 22:59:22 GMT 2019

Mirko Boehm (KDE) ha scritto:
> Hello,
>> On 28. Jan 2019, at 13:23, Krešimir Čohar <kcohar at 
>> <mailto:kcohar at>> wrote:
>> I don't think there are any problems with using public domain images, and 
>> even if there were I'd rather view them as challenges to overcome than 
>> obstacles to avoid.
> This is not necessarily a question of what we think. This is a question of 
> what we as a community can and should distribute. For that, we need at least 
> explicit permission from the author, as in a FOSS license. There has been a 
> very long debate on the use of public domain works in FOSS, and the summary 
> AFAIK is “it is complicated” and “it depends on the jurisdiction”. A great 
> summary can be found here: "an open source 
> user or developer cannot safely include public domain source code in a project."

But the same article says that CC0 was born to overcome the complexity of the 
definition of the public domain in different jurisdiction. It also says that 
CC0 was not OSI-approved, thought.


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