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Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- InformationWeek: "Pick Your Open Source Po

From: rjack
Subject: Re: GPLv3 comedy unfolding -- InformationWeek: "Pick Your Open Source Poison: Microsoft's Patent Claims Or GPLv3"
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 10:37:01 -0500
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Arnoud Engelfriet wrote:
On 2007-06-10, Lee Hollaar <> wrote:
But the thing I was thinking about if the House bill had passed was that
any contribution by a government contractor (like a university research
project) would be in the public domain.  How might that affect the GPL,
and if it did, would it mean the loss of a great source of GPLed works?
Why would it affect the GPL?

I don't see why the GPL is a special case here. The hypothetical
situation would be that a government contractor publishes a work
indicating it is licensed under license X. However a law provides
that this kind of work is public domain. The net result would be
that the license statement is void and hence irrelevant.

I just wonder what is your take on the following piece of GNU wisdom and NASA OSA in general.


NASA Open Source Agreement The NASA Open Source Agreement, version 1.3, is not a free software license because it includes a provision requiring changes to be your “original creation”. Free software development depends on combining code from third parties, and the NASA license doesn't permit this.

We urge you not to use this license. In addition, if you are a United States citizen, please write to NASA and call for the use of a truly free software license.


NASA OSA can be found here:


Using anything beside a Free Software Foundation approved license is the the equivalent of clubbing innocent baby seals.

Dealing in any form of software that allows a proprietary, non-socialist
profit motive is tantamount to committing crimes involving infanticide.

Evil. Evil. Evil.


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